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Dated: November 29, 2005. applications, or send any other (C) PTFP applicants are not required
Donna Wieting, correspondence, write to PTFP at the to submit copies of their PTFP
Deputy Director, Office of Protected following address (please note the new applications to the FCC, nor are they
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. room number): NTIA/PTFP, Room H– required to submit copies of the FCC
[FR Doc. 05–23985 Filed 12–12–05; 8:45 am] 4096, U.S. Department of Commerce, transmittal cover letters as part of their
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., PTFP applications. PTFP applicants for
Washington, DC 20230. Application distance learning projects must notify
materials may be obtained electronically the state telecommunications agencies
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE via the Internet (http:// in the states in which they are located but are not required to notify every state
National Telecommunications and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: telecommunications agency in a
Information Administration William Cooperman, Director, Public potential service area.
[Docket No. 051128311–5311–01] Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) (D) For digital television conversion
482–5802; fax: (202) 482–2156. projects, NTIA has created two new
Public Telecommunications Facilities Information about the PTFP can also be Subpriorities in the Broadcast Other
Program: Closing Date obtained electronically via the Internet category.
( (E) For digital radio conversion
AGENCY: National Telecommunications
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: projects, NTIA has created a new
and Information Administration (NTIA),
Subpriority in the Broadcast Other
Commerce. Electronic Access category.
ACTION: Notice of availability of funds. Catalog of Domestic Federal
The full funding opportunity
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Science, State, announcement for the PTFP FY 2006 Assistance: 11.550, Public
Justice, Commerce, and Related grant cycle is available through Telecommunications Facilities Program.
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, or by contacting the Eligibility
Pub. L. 109–108, the National PTFP office at the address noted above.
Telecommunications and Information To apply for and receive a PTFP
Funding Availability Construction Grant or Planning Grant,
Administration (NTIA), U.S.
Department of Commerce, announces The Congress has appropriated $20 an applicant must be: (a) A public or
the solicitation of applications for million for FY 2006 PTFP awards. For noncommercial educational broadcast
planning and construction grants for FY 2005, NTIA awarded $21.2 million station; (b) a noncommercial
public telecommunications facilities in PTFP funds to 123 projects, including telecommunications entity; (c) a system
under the Public Telecommunications 73 radio awards, 39 television awards of public telecommunications entities;
Facilities Program (PTFP). The PTFP and 11 nonbroadcast awards. The radio (d) a non-profit foundation, corporation,
assists, through matching grants, in the awards ranged from $9,255 to $451,848. institution, or association organized
planning and construction of public The television awards ranged from primarily for educational or cultural
telecommunications facilities in order $11,298 to $927,937. The nonbroadcast purposes; or (e) a state, local, or Indian
to: (1) Extend delivery of services to as awards ranged from $30,495 to tribal government (or agency thereof), or
many citizens as possible by the most $440,000. a political or special purpose
cost-effective means, including use of subdivision of a state.
Statutory and Regulatory Authority
broadcast and non-broadcast Evaluation and Selection Process
technologies; (2) increase public The Public Telecommunications
telecommunications services and Facilities Program is authorized by the See 15 CFR 2301.16 for a description
facilities available to, operated by, and Communications Act of 1934, as of the Technical Evaluation and 15 CFR
controlled by minorities and women; (3) amended, 47 U.S.C. 390–393, 397– 2301.18 for the Selection Process.
strengthen the capability of existing 399(b). The PTFP operates pursuant to
Evaluation Criteria
public television and radio stations to rules (1996 Rules) which were
published on November 8, 1996 (61 FR See 15 CFR 2301.17 for a full
provide public telecommunications
57966). Copies of the 1996 Rules (15 description of the Evaluation Criteria.
services to the public.
CFR Part 2301) are posted on the NTIA The six evaluation criteria are (1)
DATES: Applications must be received
Internet site at Applicant Qualifications, (2) Financial
prior to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Qualifications, (3) Project Objectives, (4)
currentrules.htm and NTIA will make
(Closing Time), February 7, 2006 Urgency, (5) Technical Qualifications
printed copies available to applicants
(Closing Date). Applications submitted (construction applicants only) or
upon request.
by facsimile or electronic means are not Planning Qualifications (planning
acceptable. If an application is received Supplemental Policies applicants only), and (6) Special
after the Closing Date due to (1) carrier The following supplemental policies Consideration.
error, when the carrier accepted the will also be in effect:
package with a guarantee for delivery by (A) Applicants may file emergency Funding Priorities and Selection
the Closing Date and Closing Time, (2) applications at any time. Factors
significant weather delays or natural (B) Applicants may file requests for See 15 CFR 2301.4 and the
disasters, or (3) delays due to national Federal Communications Commission supplemental policies above for a
security issues, NTIA will, upon receipt (FCC) authorizations with the FCC after description of the PTFP Priorities and
of proper documentation, consider the the PTFP Closing Date. Grant applicants 15 CFR 2301.18 for the Selection
application as having been received by for Ku-band satellite uplinks may Factors.
the deadline. NTIA will not accept submit FCC applications after a PTFP
applications posted on the Closing Date award is made. NTIA may accept FCC Cost Sharing Requirements
or later and received after this deadline. authorizations that are in the name of an PTFP requires cost sharing. By statute,
ADDRESSES: To obtain a printed organization other than the PTFP PTFP cannot fund a construction project
application package, submit completed applicant. for more than 75% of the eligible project

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73738 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Notices

costs. NTIA has established a policy of agency to award any specific project or on Disability and Rehabilitation
funding most new public broadcasting to obligate any available funds. Research (NIDRR). Specifically, this
station activation projects at a 75% notice proposes a priority for Spinal
Paperwork Reduction Act
federal share, and most other television, Cord Injury Model Systems Centers
radio and nonbroadcast projects at a Notwithstanding any other provision (SCIMS centers) and a priority and
50% federal share. NTIA can fund of the law, no person is required to selection criterion for Disability and
planning applications up to 100% of the respond to, nor shall any person be Rehabilitation Research Projects
eligible project costs, but has subject to a penalty for failure to comply (DRRPs). The Assistant Secretary may
established a policy of funding planning with, a collection of information subject use these priorities and selection
applications at a 75% share. Any to the requirements of the Paperwork criterion for competitions in fiscal year
applicant can request federal funding Reduction Act (PRA), unless that (FY) 2006 and later years. We take this
greater than PTFP’s policy, up to the collection displays a currently valid action to focus research attention on
statutory maximum, and provide Office of Management and Budget areas of national need. We intend these
justification for the request. (OMB) control number. The PTFP priorities and selection criterion to
application form has been cleared under improve rehabilitation services and
Intergovernmental Review OMB Control No. 0660–0003. outcomes for individuals with
PTFP applications are subject to Executive Order 13132 disabilities.
Executive Order 12372, DATES: We must receive your comments
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal It has been determined that this notice
does not contain policies with on or before January 12, 2006.
Programs,’’ if the state in which the
Federalism implications as that term is ADDRESSES: Address all comments about
applicant organization is located
defined in Executive Order 13132. these proposed priorities and selection
participates in the process. Usually
criterion to Donna Nangle, U.S.
submission to the State Single Point of Administrative Procedure Act/ Department of Education, 400 Maryland
Contact (SPOC) needs to be only the Regulatory Flexibility Act Avenue, SW., room 6030, Potomac
first two pages of the PTFP application Prior notice and opportunity for Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20204–
form, but applicants should contact public comment are not required by the 2700. If you prefer to send your
their own SPOC offices to find out about Administrative Procedure Act or any comments through the Internet, use the
and comply with its requirements. The other law for this rule concerning following address:
names and addresses of the SPOC grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. or
offices are listed on the PTFP website 553(a)(2). Because notice and
and at the Office of Management and opportunity for comment are not
Budget’s home page at http:// You must include the term ‘‘Notice of
required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any proposed priorities for SCIMS Centers other law, the analytical requirements of
spoc.html. and DRRPs’’ in the subject line of your
the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. electronic message.
Universal Identifier 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore,
a regulatory flexibility analysis has not
All applicants (nonprofit, state, local Donna Nangle. Telephone: (202) 245–
been prepared.
government, universities, and tribal 7462.
organizations) will be required to Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, If you use a telecommunications
provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Associate Administrator, Office of device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Telecommunications and Information the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–
number during the application process. Applications. 800–877–8339.
See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177) [FR Doc. 05–23992 Filed 12–12–05; 8:45 am] Individuals with disabilities may
and April 8, 2003 (68 FR 17000) Federal BILLING CODE 3510–60–P obtain this document in an alternative
Register notices for additional format (e.g., Braille, large print,
information. Organizations can receive a audiotape, or computer diskette) on
DUNS number at no cost by calling the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION request to the contact person listed
dedicated toll-free DUNS Number under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
request line 1–866–705–5711 or via the National Institute on Disability and CONTACT.
Internet ( Rehabilitation Research—Disability SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This
and Rehabilitation Research Projects notice of proposed priorities is in
The Department of Commerce Pre- and Centers Program—Spinal Cord
Award Notification Requirements for concert with President George W.
Injury Model Systems Centers (SCIMS Bush’s New Freedom Initiative (NFI)
Grants and Cooperative Agreements Centers) and Disability Rehabilitation and NIDRR’s Proposed Long-Range Plan
The Department of Commerce Pre- Research Projects (DRRPs) for FY 2005–2009 (Plan). The NFI can
Award Notification of Requirements for AGENCY: Office of Special Education and be accessed on the Internet at the
Grants and Cooperative Agreements Rehabilitative Services, Department of following site: http://
contained in the Federal Register notice Education.
of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) is ACTION: Notice of proposed priorities for newfreedom. The Plan, which was
applicable to this solicitation. SCIMS Centers and DRRPs. published in the Federal Register on
Limitation of Liability July 27, 2005 (70 FR 43522), can be
SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for accessed on the Internet at the following
In no event will the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative site:
Commerce be responsible for proposal Services proposes certain funding FedRegister/other/2005–3/
preparation costs if this program fails to priorities and a selection criterion for 072705d.html).
receive funding or is cancelled because the Disability and Rehabilitation Through the implementation of the
of other agency priorities. Publication of Research Projects and Centers Program NFI and the Plan, NIDRR seeks to—(1)
this announcement does not obligate the administered by the National Institute Improve the quality and utility of

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