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Sources of broadband coverage information will be required by FCC

Broadband providers submitting coverage information to the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Data Collection database will be required to submit information on how they obtained the coverage information.

That’s according to an FCC webinar on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 

Governmental and third-party entities must provide information on the methodologies they used to collect, organize, and verify the data as well as the entities they collaborated with in the process.

All providers must submit information on how they generated the availability data for each technology involved in the submissions. Included should be the distance from the aggregation point for each technology and the relationship between the entity and any other firm involved.

Fixed wireless broadband availability data will require additional information including propagation modeling information, base station location and height, base station carriers, budget parameters, and clutter category data.

Facilities-based fixed providers may report data by location list or coverage polygons representing the availability of the provider’s service through the acceptable formats. Mobile broadband providers

Filers will also be required to submit the maximum download and upload speeds associated with the service offered to each location. Video training for completing the FCC’s BDC can be found at the FCC website.

The FCC opened its new system to collect broadband service information from more than 2,500 broadband providers in June, marking the start of its efforts to establish new maps. Following the completion of the maps, government entities and internet service providers will be given a challenge window where availability claims may be challenged based on submitted data.

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