Telemetry, Tracking and Command Earth Station Operators

ICR 202102-3060-018

OMB: 3060-1282

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ICR Details
Received in OIRA
Telemetry, Tracking and Command Earth Station Operators
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Regular 02/10/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved
4 0
48 0
2,200 0

On March 3, 2020, the Commission released a Report and Order and Order of Proposed Modification titled, “In the Matter of Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz,” GN Docket Number 18-122 (FCC 20-22). This rulemaking, which is under the purview of the Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, is hereinafter referred to as the 3.7 GHz Report and Order. The Commission believes that C-band spectrum for terrestrial wireless uses will play a significant role in bringing next-generation services like 5G to the American public and assuring American leadership in the 5G ecosystem. The agency took action to make this valuable spectrum resource available for new terrestrial wireless uses as quickly as possible, while also preserving the continued operation of existing Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) available during and after the transition. In the 3.7 GHz Report and Order, the Commission concluded that a public auction of the lower 280 megahertz of the C-band will best carry out our goals, and the agency will add a mobile allocation to the 3.7-4.0 GHz band so that next-generation services such as 5G can use the band. Relying on the Emerging Technologies framework, the Commission adopted a process to relocate FSS operations into the upper 200 megahertz of the band, while fully reimbursing existing operators for the costs of this relocation and offering accelerated relocation payments to encourage a speedy transition. The Commission also adopted service and technical rules for overlay licensees in the 280 megahertz of spectrum designated for transition to flexible use. Among other information collection requirements in the 3.7 GHz Report and Order, the Commission has adopted several requirements, described in the text, related to the protection of TT&C earth stations and coordination with 3.7 GHz Service licensees. In a section of the 3.7 GHz Report and Order titled “Adjacent Channel Protection Criteria” the Commission sets out the following requirements: Pursuant to paragraph 388 of the 3.7 GHz Report and Order, the Commission requires that the TT&C operators make available certain pertinent technical information about their systems upon request by licensees in the 3.7 GHz Service to ensure the protection of TT&C operations. In addition, paragraph 389 of the 3.7 GHz Report and Order includes the requirement that, in the event of a claim by a TT&C earth station operating in 4.0-4.2 GHz of harmful interference by a 3.7 GHZ operator, the earth station operator must demonstrate that that have installed a filter that complies with the mask requirement prescribed by the Commission. This requirement will facilitate an efficient and safe transition by requiring earth station operators to demonstrate their compliance with the mask requirements, thereby minimizing the risk of interference.

US Code: 47 USC 151, 152, 154(i), 154(j), Name of Law: Communications Act of 1934, as amended
   US Code: 47 USC 155(c), 201, 302, 303, 304, Name of Law: Communications Act of 1934, as amended
   US Code: 47 USC 307(e), 309, and 316 Name of Law: Communications Act of 1934, as amended

3060-AK76 Final or interim final rulemaking 85 FR 22804 04/23/2020

  85 FR 75322 11/25/2020
86 FR 8906 02/10/2021

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Telemetry, Tracking and Command Earth Station Operators

  Total Request 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 4 0 0 4 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 48 0 0 48 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 2,200 0 0 2,200 0 0
Changing Regulations
This is a new information collection which will add to the OMB’s inventory 4 respondents, 4 responses, 48 burden hours and $2,200 to the annual burden cost because of the information collection requirements contained in FCC 20-22 in paragraphs 388 and 389.

Merissa Velez 202 418-0751


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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