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DOC/NTIA RIN: 0660-AA09 Publication ID: Spring 1996 
Title: ●Public Telecommunications Facilities Program 
Abstract: The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) is authorized under Public Telecommunications Financing Act of 1978, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 390-393, 397. PTFP supports the planning and construction of public telecommunications facilities in order to: (a) extend delivery of services to as many citizens as possible by the most cost-effective means, including use of broadcast as well as nonbroadcast technologies; (b) increase public telecommunications services and facilities available to, operated by, and controlled by minorities and women; and (c) strengthen the capability of existing public TV and radio stations to provide public telecommunications services to the public. The program awards approximately $20 million in grants annually and operates under rules established in 15 CFR part 2301. FY 1995 funds were appropriated pursuant to the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995, P.L. 103-317. In FY 1996, PTFP is funded under a continuing resolution, P.L. 104-99, which expires March 15, 1995, that includes $15.5 million for the program. The program has not yet received a final appropriation for FY 1996. As part of the National Performance Review, the program is reducing the regulatory burden on the public and plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in March that will revise the programs regulations. PTFP will follow the NPRM with a Notice of Final Rules in June. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 2301   
Legal Authority: 47 USC 290 to 393    47 USC 397   
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/1996    
NPRM Comment Period End  04/00/1996    
Final Action  07/00/1996    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Bernadette McGuire-Rivera Ph.D.
Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications & Information Application
Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
6th Floor, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20230
Phone:202 482-5802
Email: ptfp@ntia.doc.gov