Infrastructure and Broadband: NTIA Seeking Comment on Plan to Collect New Information
The National Telecommunication and Information Administration has published a PRA sixty-day notice which conveys its intent to "collect broadband availability at a more granular level than that available via the FCC Form 477 process."
This information collection includes the use of both wireline and wireless technologies to deliver broadband services. NTIA intends to collect this information from two types of respondents that collect broadband data with more geographic granularity than the Census block level: (1) Owners and operators of broadband networks; and (2) industry associations, data aggregators, and researchers that study or analyze broadband availability.
NTIA notes that respondents "may include private companies, non-profits, cooperatives, educational institutions, tribal governments, and local, regional, or state governments."
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instruments and instructions should be sent to Andrew Spurgeon, Chief of Operations, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4887, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Comments are due by December 24. Written comments may be sent to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6612, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via email at email@example.com).
The PDF version of the October 25 Federal Register notice can be found at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-10-25/pdf/2018-23296.pdf.