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The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or
“Commission”) launched its Broadband Data Collection
(“BDC”) program on June 30, 2022. As we have previously
discussed in the first and second blog posts of our BDC series, all
facilities-based providers of fixed and mobile broadband Internet
access that have one or more end user connections in service are
required to file broadband availability data in the BDC system by
September 1, 2022. In this post, we highlight resources available
to filers navigating the BDC system.
As previously discussed, the purpose of the BDC is to enable the
FCC, acting through its contractor (CostQuest Associates), to
develop a comprehensive database of serviceable broadband locations
where fixed broadband Internet access service has been or could be
installed – the “Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric”
(“Fabric”). Accordingly, in order to make the Fabric as
comprehensive as possible, all facilities-based fixed service
providers are required to report broadband Internet access service
coverage and identify where such services are offered to
residential and business locations. The rules establish speed and
latency reporting requirements for fixed service providers and
require terrestrial fixed wireless services providers to report the
coordinates of their base stations. Mobile service providers are
required to provide even more information. Given the breadth of
data required to be filed under this new program, the FCC has
rolled out a number of on-line resources to assist filers.
In addition to Keller and Heckman’s explanation on The Who, What, When, and Where of the FCC’s
New Broadband Data Collection, filers may utilize the FCC’s
Information for Filers webpage to gather
general information regarding entities that are required to file
data and what is expected of them. All data collected must be up to
date as of June 30, 2022, and should be submitted by September 1,
2022. The BDC is a biannual data collection, so filers should also
be prepared to file data as of December 31, 2022, by March 1,
For a comprehensive understanding of the BDC system, filers
should access the BDC Help Center. This resource is a
one-stop-shop for all information relating to the program. Among
other resources, the BDC Help Center has a link to the BDC Filer User Guide. The Filer User Guide
provides step-by-step instructions on using the BDC system and
The Help Center also has a link to the BDC Availability Data Specifications. The
Availability Data Specifications provide detailed information on
the format of data submissions. Filers should review these
specifications in order to understand how certain data files should
be uploaded to the system and the requirements for entering data
appropriately. Filers should reference the Availability Data
Specifications while completing their data submission to ensure
that all data is filed according to FCC requirements.
The BDC Help Center also has instructional video tutorials and
webinars. It is recommended that filers view these videos before
beginning the filing process in order to familiarize themselves
with the BDC system.2
1. It is important for broadband Internet access
service filers of Form 477 to remember that they must also continue
to file BDC data until the FCC terminates Form 477.
Telecommunications service and interconnected voice over Internet
protocol providers that do not offer broadband service are only
required to file Form 477 and do not currently need to participate
in the BDC program. For those interested in learning more about filing Form
477, the Commission also provides Form 477 Resources.
2. The BDC Help Center also provides ongoing
system updates, public notices, and other news relating to the BDC,
as well as answers to frequently asked questions about using the BDC system, and understanding the Location Fabric.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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