The FCC is in the process of updating its current broadband data maps with more precise information on the availability of all broadband services. The Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program will give the FCC, industry, state, local and Tribal government entities, and consumers the tools they need to improve the accuracy of existing maps and the ability to further define future service offerings. Broadband availability data can be submitted in the BDC beginning on June 30, 2022 and are due no later than September 1, 2022. Please be on the lookout for an email from CostQuest detailing your access to the data fabric.

Public Notice DA22-413 provides the following:

  1. information for providers of fixed broadband service on how to access the preliminary Fabric;
  2. identifies the data sources used in, and elements of, the Fabric;
  3. confirms that the Fabric will identify broadband serviceable locations using a unique, Commission-issued identifier (Location ID), a set of latitude/longitude coordinates within the boundaries of each structure, and, where feasible, a street address; and
  4. specifies that fixed broadband providers that do not use availability polygons must submit their broadband availability data using the unique Location IDs in the Fabric.

Plans should be made immediately to begin collecting the required documentation to ensure the reporting is completed on-time. You must complete your 477 filing as required as well. That data will be included (duplicated) in your BDC filing as well. Please contact Jerry Adams today if you need assistance filing your Broadband Data Collections reports.

Published On: May 23rd, 2022 | Categories: Deadline, Regulatory | Tags: , , , , |

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