Sections 1.30002, 1.30003, 1.30004, 73.875, 73.1657 and 73.1690, Disturbance of AM Broadcast Station Antenna Patterns

ICR 201612-3060-017

OMB: 3060-1121

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3060-1121 201612-3060-017
Historical Active 201311-3060-016
Sections 1.30002, 1.30003, 1.30004, 73.875, 73.1657 and 73.1690, Disturbance of AM Broadcast Station Antenna Patterns
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Approved without change 02/13/2017
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 12/23/2016
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
02/29/2020 36 Months From Approved 02/28/2017
1,195 0 1,195
1,960 0 1,960
1,078,200 0 1,078,200

On August 14, 2013, the Commission adopted the Third Report and Order and Second Order on Reconsideration in the matter of An Inquiry Into the Commission's Policies and Rules Regarding AM Radio Service Directional Antenna Performance Verification, MM Docket No. 93-177, FCC 13-115. In the Third Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission harmonized and streamlined the Commission's rules regarding tower construction near AM stations. In AM radio, the tower itself functions as the antenna. Consequently, a nearby tower may become an unintended part of the AM antenna system, reradiating the AM signal and distorting the authorized AM radiation pattern. Our old rules contained several sections concerning tower construction near AM antennas that were intended to protect AM stations from the effects of such tower construction, specifically, Sections 73.1692, 22.371, and 27.63. These old rule sections imposed differing requirements on the broadcast and wireless entities, although the issue is the same regardless of the types of antennas mounted on a tower. Other rule parts, such as Part 90 and Part 24, entirely lacked provisions for protecting AM stations from possible effects of nearby tower construction. In the Third Report and Order the Commission adopted a uniform set of rules applicable to all services, thus establishing a single protection scheme regarding tower construction near AM tower arrays. The Third Report and Order also designates "moment method" computer modeling as the principal means of determining whether a nearby tower affects an AM radiation pattern. This serves to replace time-consuming direct measurement procedures with a more efficient computer modeling methodology that is reflective of current industry practice.

US Code: 47 USC 154(i) Name of Law: Communications Act of 1934, as amended

Not associated with rulemaking

  81 FR 71726 10/18/2016
81 FR 94374 12/23/2016

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Disturbance of AM Broadcast Station Antenna Patterns

  Total Approved Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 1,195 1,195 0 0 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 1,960 1,960 0 0 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 1,078,200 1,078,200 0 0 0 0

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