Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting
This notice announces a public meeting of the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information on spectrum management matters.
Digital to Analog Converter Box Coupon Public Meetings
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announces that it will be holding individual meetings with interested parties on November 14-15, 2006 in connection with its digital-to-analog converter box coupon program described in the July 25, 2006 ``Request for Comment and Notice of Proposed Rules to Implement and Administer a Coupon Program for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes'' (NPRM). All interested parties are invited to schedule an individual meeting.
Announcement of Performance Review Board Members
5 CFR 430.310 requires agencies to publish notice of Performance Review Board appointees in the Federal Register before their service begins. This notice announces the names of new and existing members of the National Telecommunications and Information Administrations' Performance Review Board.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) publishes this notice to announce the deletion of a Privacy Act System of Records entitled COMMERCE/NTIA-1, ``Radio Spectrum Management Career Development Program.'' NTIA no longer collects or maintains this system of records.
Notice: Continuity of Business (via satellite) Summit
NTIA will co-sponsor a conference entitled ``Continuity of Business (via satellite) Summit: Acquiring Robust Communications Capability to Prepare for Natural and Man-Made Disasters'' with the Satellite Industry Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The agenda will focus on the importance of satellite communications for the continuity of business which may be interrupted during a natural disaster, cyber attack, or other terrorist action.
Implementation and Administration of a Coupon Program for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposes to implement and administer a program to provide $40 coupons to consumers for use towards the purchase of digital-to-analog converter boxes. Congress mandated the coupon program in Title III of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The converter boxes are necessary for consumers who wish to continue receiving broadcast programming over the air using analog-only televisions after February 18, 2009the date that full-power televisions stations are required to cease analog broadcasting. Without converter boxes, consumers with analog-only television sets will be unable to view full-power television broadcasts unless they purchase digital television sets or subscribe to cable or satellite service.
Privacy Act of 1974: Systems of Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552a(e)(4) and (11)), the Department of Commerce is issuing notice of its intent to delete the system of records entitled ``Radio Spectrum Management Career Development Program.'' This system of records is no longer collected or maintained by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. There are no records remaining in the system.
The President's Spectrum Policy Initiative Spectrum Sharing Innovation Test-Bed
The reports developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to the President's Spectrum Policy Initiative included a recommendation that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) develop a plan to increase sharing of spectrum between Federal and non- Federal users which includes evaluation of technologies that are proposed to enhance sharing.\1\ This Notice seeks public comment to address the implementation of the Spectrum Sharing Innovation Test-Bed (Test-Bed) where Federal and non-Federal users can study the feasibility of increasing the efficient use of the spectrum.
The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System
The United States Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seeks comment on the continuation of the transition of the technical coordination and management of the Internet domain name and addressing system (Internet DNS) to the private sector. In June 1998, the Department issued a statement of policy on the privatization of the Internet DNS, which among other things articulated four primary functions for global Internet DNS coordination and management, the need to have these functions performed by the private sector and four principles to guide the transition to private sector management of the Internet DNS. On June 30, 2005, NTIA released the U.S. Principles on the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System further elaborating on these issues. The Department of Commerce seeks comment regarding the progress of this transition and announces a public meeting to be held on July 26, 2006, to discuss issues associated with this transition.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) Application Form
The U.S. Department of Commerce as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on continuing and proposed information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT): Closing Date
Pursuant to the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce, announces the solicitation of applications for a grant for the Pan- Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) Program. Projects funded pursuant to this Notice are intended to support the PEACESAT Program's acquisition of satellite communications to service Pacific Basin communities and to manage the operations of this network. Applications for the PEACESAT Program grant will compete for funds from the Public Broadcasting, Facilities, Planning and Construction Funds account.
Notice: Request for Nominations, Spectrum Management Advisory Committee
On October 28, 2005, the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration published a notice in the Federal Register (70 FR 62,099) announcing the formation of the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee) and soliciting nominations for persons to serve on the Committee. The October 28, 2005 notice provided that all nominations of potential members must be received by the Department no later than November 28, 2005. The October 28, 2005 notice also provided additional information concerning the Committee and membership on the Committee. This notice reopens the nomination period in order to provide the public with an additional opportunity to submit nominations. The evaluation criteria for selecting members contained in the October 28, 2005 notice shall continue to apply.