FCC challenge process important for getting accurate maps, says Technology Policy Institute: Broadband Breakfast

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2022 — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday officially launched its new system for collecting broadband service information from more than 2,500 broadband providers.

The collection of broadband data “marks the beginning of [the FCC’s] window to collect location-by-location data from vendors that we will use to create the map,” the FCC Chairman said. Jessica Rosenworcel in a Press release.

Screenshot of Bill Price, Vice President of Government Solutions for LightBox

Broadband providers will be required to provide availability statements and supporting data. Supporting data will include sections such as “Spread Modeling Information” and “Link Budget Information”. The deadline for submission is September 1.

Rosenworcel said the agency has established consistent parameters that require broadband providers to submit data using geocoded locations that “will enable [the FCC] to create a very accurate picture of fixed broadband deployment, unlike previous data collections, which focused on census blocks, giving us inaccurate and incomplete maps.

With this information, the FCC will create a common data set of locations in the United States where fixed broadband service can be installed, called the “fabric”. Rosenworcel said this fabric will serve as the “baseline against which all fixed broadband availability data will be reported and overlaid in our new broadband availability maps”.

Once the maps are complete, government entities and ISPs will be assigned a dispute window during which availability requests can be disputed based on the data submitted.

Rosenworcel previously said the enhanced broadband cards would be available by the fall.

States expect to be busy verifying these claims as they come out, panelists at the Broadband Breakfast Live online event said Wednesday. States will be involved in individual dispute processes and will be required to provide availability information through individual speed tests.

States want these maps to be correct because they serve as a decision-making tool when it comes to broadband investment, said Price charged, vice president of government solutions for LightBox, a data platform that helps states create broadband maps. This means that many states have committed to obtaining accurate local coverage data to use federal and state funding.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12 p.m. ET – Broadband mapping and data

Now that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Funding Opportunity Notice has been released, attention turns to a critical activity that must take place before broadband infrastructure funds are released. be distributed: updated broadband maps from the Federal Communications Commission. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as implemented by the NTIA’s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, these FCC address-level maps will determine the allocation of funds. between states and will serve as a key source of truth. Our panelists will also examine the role of maps at the state level, the NTIA challenge process, and other topics. Join Broadband Breakfast as we revisit one of our most familiar topics: broadband data and mapping.

Speakers:

  • Price chargedVice President, Government Solutions, LightBox
  • Dustin WolfProgram Manager, Marconi Society National Broadband Mapping Coalition
  • Ryan GuthrieVice President of Solutions Engineering at ATS
  • Drew Clark (moderator), editor and publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist Resources:

Price charged, vice president of government solutions, is responsible for LightBox broadband data and mapping solutions for government. Bill has over 40 years of experience developing and operating telecommunications and technology services. Its track record includes delivery of the Georgia state location-level broadband card, the first fiber metro area network in the United States, and the launch of Internet service from BellSouth. LightBox combines proven and cutting-edge GIS and Big Data technologies to transform the way decisions are made when planning and investing in broadband infrastructure.

Dustin Wolf is an Internet governance and policy expert and program manager for the Marconi Society’s National Broadband Mapping Coalition. Much of his work focuses on improving digital inclusion and establishing transparent, open source, and openly verifiable mapping methodologies and standards.

Ryan Guthrie is Vice President of Solutions Engineering at Advanced Technologies & Services. He started at ATS in 2006 and has been involved in all aspects of the business, from sales and marketing to solution design and implementation. Ryan also manages regulatory solutions for ATS and has been deeply involved in federally funded broadband projects assisting ISPs with their performance metrics testing compliance.

Drew Clark is the editor and publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings together experts and practitioners to advance the benefits offered by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he spearheaded a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also president of the Congress of Rural Telecommunications.

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