FCC Implements New Broadband Data Collection Rules
New Broadband Data Requirements
The FCC will soon ramp up the requirements for the collection of accurate, location-specific data of where broadband service is available. Data collection for service providers will begin on June 30, 2022. The new mapping data will be submitted in the form of shape files to define where ISPs have active customers or are capable of implementing a request for new service within ten working days. Every ISP in the country is to create and submit these maps by the due dates.
Make sure you are prepared! The $42.5 billion BEAD grant program will be based on FCC data maps. Dates may be changed and the FCC is likely to require that new mapping information be filed sooner. This mapping is expected to be the basis of future state and federal funding mechanisms so it is critical for ISP’s to provide accurate and timely data. Finley can help get the job done accurately and quickly. Contact Us >>>
In February, the FCC announced they will ramp up the collection of accurate, location-specific data of where service is available. The Broadband Data Task Force will accept data from providers of fixed and mobile broadband internet access service on June 30, 2022. This data collection will be much more comprehensive than past data and it is in addition to the semiannual Form 477 filing.
The group with the biggest challenge is WISPs. A WISP must show a map of the coverage area from each antenna that reflects areas that can’t be served due to obstructions like trees or hills. The old maps required WISPs to estimate if they could reach a Census block. These new requirements now expect exact coverage areas to be mapped via a detailed propagation study using FCC defined parameters. Providers will also need to upload site and base station data including make and models of antennas and radios, frequency bands, equipment height, and more.
- Submit data depicting deployment as of June 30, 2022
- Filing deadline – September 1, 2022
- Service is considered available if it can be provided in 10 business days
- Providers will be required to report in one of two ways: Polygon shapefiles or address/location listings of the service area
- Service providers must still provide semiannual Form 477 filing
- Formal specifications can be found here >>>
Turn to Finley
- Finley can help produce the required shape files and complete the documentation with our state-of-the-art GIS tools and staff.
- This will be especially important for fixed wireless as there are new requirements on modeling and reporting
- We can review and provide the requirements for approval as required by the program.
For more information contact your local representative or use this link >>>