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DOC/NTIA RIN: 0660-AA09 Publication ID: Fall 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 $13 million in grants annually and operates under rules established in 15 CFR part 2301. FY 1996 funds were appropriated pursuant to the Department of Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 1995, P.L. 104-134. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 2301   
Legal Authority: 47 USC 390 to 393    47 USC 397   
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/30/1996  61 FR 27230   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/15/1996    
Final Action  11/00/1996    
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