Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS) 3060-1142 June 2020
1. The Commission is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an extension of an existing information collection. This collection requires all tariff filing entities to use the Federal Communications Commission’s Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS) to file their tariffs and related documents.
Incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) file their tariffs and associated documents electronically, using ETFS. ETFS has improved the usefulness of tariff filings for both filers and the public and made the entire tariff filing process more transparent. On July 15, 2010, in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS), in WC Docket No. 10-141, FCC 10-127, the Commission initiated a rulemaking proceeding to consider extending the existing electronic filing requirement to all tariff filing entities.
On June 9, 2011, the Commission released a Report and Order, Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS), WC Docket No. 10-144, FCC 11-92, creating a more open, transparent and efficient flow of information to the public, and determined that the benefits of using ETFS for incumbent LEC tariff filings would also be obtained if all tariff filers filed electronically. Such action will benefit the public and carriers by creating a central system providing online access to all carrier tariffs and related documents filed with the Commission. As such, competitive LECs (and other nondominant carriers) must now file tariffs and associated documents electronically.
In adopting the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act), Congress sought to establish “a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework” for the telecommunications industry. Consistent with that goal, section 402(b)(1)(A)(iii) of the 1996 Act added section 204(a)(3) to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, providing for streamlined tariff filings by local exchange carriers. The action taken in this proceeding advances the goals of the 1996 Act by allowing more efficient and better access to the tariffs and related documents of all telecommunications carriers.
Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in Sections: 1, 2, 4(i), 201-205 and 226 (h)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. §§ 151, 152, 154(i), 201- 205 and 226(h)(1)(A).
This information collection does not affect individuals or households; thus, there are no impacts under the Privacy Act.
3. All tariff filers must file tariffs and associated documents electronically because the Commission has determined that this method will benefit the public and carriers by creating a central system providing online access to all carrier tariffs and related documents filed with the Commission. The Commission will continue to consider new ways to reduce burdens on the public through the use of improved information technology.
5. Because the Commission requires that all local exchange carriers comply with the requirements identified above, the collections may affect small entities, as well as large entities. The Commission has taken steps to ensure that these mechanisms are competitively neutral and therefore not unduly burdensome for any set of carriers.
6. The 1996 Act requires the streamlining of the tariffing process. This effort was started in 1998 with incumbent LECs filing tariffs via ETFS and this item extends that requirement to all carriers. This requirement provides the Commission, and the public, with easier and more immediate access to tariff documents thus easing compliance with the 1996 Act.
7. No other special circumstances will apply to this information collection.
8. Pursuant to 5 CFR § 1320.8 (d), the Commission published a 60-Day notice April 3, 2020 (85 FR 18960). No PRA comments were received.
9. The Commission does not anticipate providing any payment or gift to respondents.
10. The Commission does not anticipate providing confidentiality of the information submitted by the local exchange carriers. Particularly, the tariffs and related documents sent to the Commission will be made public through ETFS. If the respondents submit information they believe to be confidential, they may request confidential treatment of such information under section 0.459 of the Commission’s rules.
11. The information collection does not address any matters of a sensitive nature.
12. The following represents the hour burden on the collection of information discussed herein.
(1) Number of respondents: 1,307.
(2) Frequency of response: Annual and on-occasion reporting requirement.
(3) Total number of responses annually: 1,307.
(4) Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour.
1,307 x 1 hour per response x 1 response per year per respondent = 1,307 hours.
(5) Total annual burden: 1,307 hours.
The Commission estimates that 1,307 carriers will require 1 hour of reporting time per filing.
1,307 respondents annually x 1 response annually x 1 hour per response = 1,307 hours.
(6) Total estimate of “in-house” cost to respondents: $61,272.16.
(7) Explanation of the calculation:
The Commission estimates that 1,307 carriers will be subject to this reporting requirement.
The Commission estimates that respondents will use personnel comparable in pay to a GS 12/Step 5 employee, earning $46.88 per hour. Thus:
1,307 respondents x 1 response annually x $46.88 = $61,272.16.
13. Estimated operations and maintenance (O&M) costs of respondents resulting from the collection of information:
(a) Total capital start-up costs component annualized over its expected useful life: $0. The collections will not result in additional capital expenditures such as computers or software.
(b) Total operation and maintenance and purchase of services component: $1,254,720.
Respondents are subject to a filing fee of $960. Thus:
1,307 responses x $960 filing fee = $1,254,720.
(c) Total annualized cost requested: $1,254,720.
14. There will be few, if any additional costs to the Commission because tariff review responsibilities are already part of the Commission’s duties.
15. The Commission has made the following adjustment to this collection from the previous submission to OMB:
There are no changes in the total number of respondents, total annual responses, and total burden hours. However, the total annual costs increased due to an increase in the filing fee for ETFS, from $925 to $960. As such, the “Total operation and maintenance and purchase of services component” has increased by $45,745, from $1,208,975 to $1,254,720.
There are no program changes.
16. The Commission does not anticipate publishing any of the information collected. Rather, the tariff documents will be available for public review via the Commission’s ETFS.
17. The Commission is not seeking approval to not display an OMB expiration date.
18. There are no exceptions to the Certification Statement.
B. Collections of Information Employing Statistical Methods:
The Commission does not anticipate that the proposed collection of information will employ statistical methods.