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Released: August 26, 2013

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DA 13-1805

Released: August 26, 2013

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU RELEASES DATA SPECIFICATION

FOR FORM 477 DATA COLLECTION

WC Docket No. 11-10

On June 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released a Report and
Order modernizing and improving its collection of data on broadband and voice services through FCC
Form 477 (Form 477).1 The Commission stated in the Order that the Wireline Competition Bureau
(Bureau) would release a data specification that reflects the changes necessary to implement the Order.2
The attached specification fulfills this directive and provides more detailed information on the data that
filers will need to submit pursuant to the revised Form 477.
The attached data specification provides direction to filers on the data they will be required to
submit in accordance with the rule changes adopted in the Order. The specification provides an overview
of each section of the data collection and lists each field that filers will need to fill out online or include in
their data upload for each section. It also includes information on the required format of the data and a
sample entry for each record.
The modifications to the Form 477 data collection adopted in the Order are subject to approval by
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(PRA), Public Law 104-13.3 The Bureau will submit information on the rule changes and the revised
collection to OMB for review under section 3507(d) of the PRA. OMB, the general public, and other
federal agencies will be invited to comment on the new and modified information collection requirements
from the Order at that time.
The Bureau will announce the specific filing deadlines and other procedures for submitting Form
477 under the revised rules in a subsequent Public Notice. Until the rule changes in the Order are
implemented, providers should continue to submit Form 477 data as required under the existing rules.4

1 Modernizing the FCC Form 477 Data Program, WC Docket No. 11-10, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 9887
(2013) (Order).
2 Id. at 9897, para. 21.
3 Id. at 9926, para. 89.
4 Because implementation is contingent upon approval by OMB in accordance with the PRA, as well as system
upgrades to the Form 477 filing interface, we cannot provide a precise implementation date at this time. However,
as indicated in the Order, we anticipate that our first collection of deployment data on Form 477 will take place in
September 2014, for data as of June 30, 2014. Id. at 9899, para. 25.

Additional information on the Form 477 data collection can be found on the Commission's Form
477 webpage at http://transition.fcc.gov/form477/. You can also contact the Form 477 staff in the
Industry Analysis and Technology Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, by calling (202) 418-0940,
(202) 418-0484 (tty). For additional information about this data specification, please contact Ken Lynch
at (202) 418-7356 or Kenneth.Lynch@fcc.gov, or Chelsea Fallon at (202) 418-7991 or
Chelsea.Fallon@fcc.gov.
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APPENDIX

Form 477 Data Specification

1. Filer Identification
2. Fixed Broadband Deployment
3. Mobile Wireless Broadband Deployment
4. Mobile Wireless Broadband Service Availability
5. Mobile Wireless Voice Deployment
6. Fixed Broadband Subscription
7. Mobile Wireless Broadband Subscription
8. Mobile Local Telephone Subscription
9. Local Exchange Telephone Subscription
10. Interconnected VoIP Subscription
11. Voice Telephone Subscription Detail
Appendix: Codes
1. Filer Identification

Record Format for Filer Identification Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

FRN
Provider FCC Registration Number
Integer
8402202
USAC-issued 6-digit study area code(s) covered by the filing (if filing entity is
Study Area Codes
Text
579999,578888
an ETC)
USAC-issued 6-digit 499 IDs of operations entirely or partially covered by
Filer 499 IDs
Text
899999
this filing
Provider Name
Provider Name
Text
ABC Co.
Operations
ILEC or Non-ILEC Operations
Text
Non-ILEC
Holding Company /
Common Control
Name of holding company or common control
Text
Superfone, Inc.
Name
URL
Provider's website address
Text
www.superfone.com
Emergency
Name of the person who can be contacted for information on network status in
Operations Contact
Text
Alex Bell
case of a natural disaster or other emergency
Name
Emergency
Phone number of the person who can be contacted for information on network
Operations Contact
Text
202-418-0940
status in case of a natural disaster or other emergency
Phone Number
Emergency
Operations Contact
Phone number extension of the person who can be contacted for information
Text
040
Phone Number,
on network status in case of a natural disaster or other emergency
Extension
Emergency
Email Address of the person who can be contacted for information on network
Operations Contact
Text
Econtact@fcc.gov
status in case of a natural disaster or other emergency
Email Address
Data Contact Name
Name of the person who prepared the submitted data
Text
John Pender
Data Contact Phone
Phone number of the person who prepared the submitted data
Text
202-418-0940
Number
3

Data Contact Phone
Phone number extension of the person who prepared the submitted data
Text
040
Number, Extension
Data Contact Email
Email Address of the person who prepared the submitted data
Text
Dcontact@fcc.gov
Address
Official (corporate officer, managing partner, or sole proprietor) whose
Certifying Official
signature certifies that he/she has examined the information contained in this
Text
Jane Anderson
Name
Form 477 and that, to the best of his/her knowledge, information and belief, all
statements of fact contained in this Form 477 are true and correct
Certifying Official
Job title of certifying official
Text
Sole Proprietor
Title
Certifying Official
Phone number of the certifying official
Text
202-418-0940
Phone Number
Data Contact Phone
Phone number extension of the certifying official
Text
040
Number, Extension
Certifying Official
Email address of the certifying official
Text
Cofficial@fcc.gov
Email Address
Indicate whether you request non-disclosure of some or all of the information
in this submission because you believe that this information is privileged and
Non-disclosure
Y/N
N
confidential and public disclosure of such information would likely cause
substantial harm to the competitive position of the filer.
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2. Fixed Broadband Deployment
Each facilities-based provider of fixed broadband connections to end users shall provide a list, uploaded
as a delimited, plain text file, of all census blocks in which broadband service is available to end users in
the provider's service area, along with the associated service characteristics identified below.
For purposes of this data collection, a provider of fixed broadband connections to end user locations is
considered "facilities-based" if any of the following conditions are met: (1) it owns the portion of the
physical facility that terminates at the end user location; (2) it obtains unbundled network elements
(UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and
provisions/equips them as broadband, or (3) it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end
user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. "Broadband connections" are wired "lines" or fixed
wireless "channels" that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the
Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 Kbps in at least one direction. A broadband "end
user" is a residential, business, institutional, or government entity that uses broadband services for its own
purposes and does not resell such services to other entities or incorporate such services into retail Internet-
access services. Fixed broadband service is "available" in a census block if the provider does, or could,
within a typical service interval (7 to 10 business days) without an extraordinary commitment of
resources, provision two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds exceeding
200 Kbps in at least one direction to end users in the block.

Record Format for Fixed Broadband Deployment Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

Block
15-digit FIPS Code for the census block (see note 1 below)
Text
110010062021037
Name of the entity customers could contact to purchase service in
DBA Name
Text
CableTown
this block with the characteristics below
Technology of
Category of technology for the provision of Internet access service
Integer
41
Transmission
(see note 3 below and Codes, Table 1)
Mass market / consumer broadband service is available in this block
Consumer
Integer
1
(1=Yes; 0=No)
Maximum Advertised
For mass market / consumer broadband services, the maximum
Downstream Bandwidth,
advertised downstream bandwidth available in the census block in
Float
7
Consumer
Mbps
For mass market / consumer broadband services, the maximum
Maximum Advertised
advertised upstream bandwidth that is offered with the above
Upstream Bandwidth,
Float
1.5
maximum advertised downstream bandwidth available in the census
Consumer
block in Mbps
Business / enterprise / government broadband service is available in
Business/Government
Integer
1
this block (1=Yes; 0=No)
Maximum Contractual
For business / government broadband services, the maximum
Downstream Bandwidth
downstream contractual or guaranteed data throughput rate available
Float
7
(Business/Government)
in the census block in Mbps
For business / government broadband services, the maximum
Maximum Contractual
upstream contractual or guaranteed data throughput rate offered with
Upstream Bandwidth
Float
3
the above maximum downstream contractual or guaranteed data
(Business/Government)
throughput rate available in the census block in Mbps
Fixed Broadband Deployment Record Format Details:
1.

Block

Each census block must be identified using the 2010 block identifier from the 2010
TIGER/Line Block State-based Shapefile or Block County-based Shapefile. The block identifier
is a concatenation of Census 2010 state FIPS code, Census 2010 county FIPS code, Census 2010
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census tract code and Census 2010 tabulation block number. Please see the 2010 TIGER/Line
Shapefiles Technical Documentation, Chapter 5, Part 5.2 at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-
data/data/pdfs/tiger/tgrshp2010/TGRSHP10SF1CH5.pdf for more information.
2. Any variation in

Block

,

DBA name

, or

Technology of Transmission

necessitates the creation of
a new record. For example, if a provider indicates that broadband service is available in a
particular census block via two technologies, then the data should contain two records for that
census block. Records should be unique by

Block

,

DBA name

, and

Technology of
Transmission.

3.

Technology of Transmission

For reporting the technology of transmission, report the
technology used by the portion of the connection that would terminate at the end-user location. If
different technologies could be used in the two directions of information transfer ("downstream"
and "upstream"), report the connection in the technology category for the downstream direction.
The technology of transmission should be entered as an integer based on the reference found in
Codes, Table 1.
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3. Mobile Wireless Broadband Deployment
We require that facilities-based providers of mobile wireless broadband service submit polygons in an
ESRI shapefile format depicting their broadband network coverage areas. For purposes of this data
collection, a mobile wireless broadband provider is considered "facilities-based" if it provides service to a
mobile wireless broadband subscriber using the provider's own facilities and spectrum for which it holds
a license that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via a spectrum leasing arrangement.
In addition, a mobile wireless broadband network is one that allows end users to receive information from
and send information to the Internet from a mobile device at information transfer rates exceeding 200
Kbps in at least one direction.
Mobile wireless broadband providers should submit polygons in an ESRI shapefile format representing
geographic coverage nationwide (including U.S. territories) for each transmission technology (e.g., EV-
DO, WCDMA, HSPA+, LTE, WiMAX see Table 3, codes 80-88 for a complete list) deployed in each
frequency band (e.g., 700 MHz, Cellular, AWS, PCS, BRS/EBS see Table 4 for a complete list). The
data associated with each polygon should indicate the minimum advertised upload and download data
speeds associated with that network technology in that frequency band, and the coverage area polygon
should depict the boundaries where, according to providers, users should expect to receive those
advertised speeds. If a provider advertises different minimum upload and download speeds in different
areas of the country using the same technology and frequency band (e.g., HSPA+ on AWS spectrum),
then the provider should submit separate polygons showing the coverage area for each speed. A variation
in technology, frequency band, or speed would require the submission of a separate polygon. If a
provider does not advertise the minimum upload and/or download data speeds, the provider must indicate
the minimum upload/download data speeds that users should expect to receive within the polygon
depicting the geographic coverage area of the deployed technology in the given frequency band.
Given that the requested frequency band and speed parameters of the shapefiles may be used for internal
network planning purposes, we will afford filers the opportunity to request confidential treatment of those
elements of their coverage information. We plan, however, to make the coverage areas by technology
and by an aggregated range of speeds available to the public.

Record Format for Mobile Wireless Broadband Deployment Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

Name of the entity customers could contact to purchase service in this
DBA Name
Text
Eastern Wireless
area with the characteristics below
Technology of
Category of technology for the provision of service (see Codes, Table 3)
Integer
81
Transmission
Spectrum Used
Code for spectrum used for the provision of service (see Codes, Table 4)
Integer
91
Minimum Advertised
The minimum advertised downstream bandwidth available in the census
Downstream
Float
3
block in Mbps
Bandwidth
The minimum advertised upstream bandwidth that is offered with the
Minimum Advertised
above minimum advertised downstream bandwidth available in the
Float
0.768
Upstream Bandwidth
census block in Mbps
Mobile Wireless Broadband Deployment Details:
1. All map areas must be closed, non-overlapping polygons with a single, unique identifier.
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2. Any variation in any of the required fields necessitates the creation of a separate polygon showing
the relevant coverage.
3. The shapefile must have an assigned projection with an accompanying .prj file.
4. The shapefile must use unprojected (geographic) WGS84 geographic coordinate system.
5. The coverage boundaries should have a resolution of 100 meters (approximately three arc-
seconds) or better. An arc-second represents the distance of latitude or longitude traversed on the
earth's surface while traveling one second (1/3600th of a degree). See
http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0400/wdside.html. Three arc-seconds is a common resolution
of terrain databases. See USGS Standards for Digital Elevation Models, Part 1-General, at 1-2, 1-
4, http://nationalmap.gov/standards/pdf/1DEM0897.PDF.]
6. The shapefile should be submitted as a WinZip archive.
7. In addition to the shapefile, each zip must include metadata or a plain text "readme" file that
contains a comprehensive explanation of the methodology employed to generate the map layer
including any necessary assumptions and an assessment of the accuracy of the finished product.
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4. Mobile Wireless Broadband Service Availability
Each facilities-based provider of mobile wireless broadband service to end users shall provide a list
uploaded as a delimited, plain text file of all census tracts in which broadband service is advertised and
available to actual and potential subscribers. These data are necessary to determine mobile wireless
broadband service availability in cases where a provider's mobile network deployment footprint (as
described in Section 3) differs from its facilities-based service footprint, that is, where service is
advertised and available to actual and potential subscribers.

Record Format for Mobile Wireless Broadband Service Availability Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

Tract
11-digit FIPS Code for the census tract (see note 1 below)
Text
11001006202
Name of the entity advertising and making service available to actual
DBA Name
Text
Eastern Wireless
and potential subscribers in this tract
Mobile Wireless Broadband Service Availability Details:
1.

Tract

Each census tract must be identified using the 2010 tract identifier from the 2010
TIGER/Line Census Tract State-based Shapefile or Census Tract County-based Shapefile. The
tract identifier is a concatenation of Census 2010 state FIPS code, Census 2010 county FIPS code
and Census 2010 census tract code. Please see the 2010 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical
Documentation, Chapter 5, Part 5.4 at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-
data/data/pdfs/tiger/tgrshp2010/TGRSHP10SF1CH5.pdf for more information.
2. Filers should indicate that service is available if the provider is advertising and actively making
mobile broadband service available to actual and potential subscribers anywhere in the tract. If a
provider offers network coverage in a tract only to provide service for its customers roaming or
traveling to the tract from another location, then the provider should not indicate that service is
marketed and sold in the tract.
3. Any variation in

Tract

or

DBA Name

necessitates the creation of a new record. For example, if
a provider indicates that broadband service is marketed in a particular tract under two unique
DBA names, then the data should contain two records for that tract. Records should be unique by

Tract

and

DBA Name

.
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5. Mobile Wireless Voice Deployment
Facilities-based providers of mobile wireless voice service to end users should provide polygons in an
ESRI shapefile format depicting their network coverage areas representing commercially-available
mobile voice service. The polygons should reflect where users should expect to be able to make,
maintain and receive voice calls. A filer should submit a separate polygon for each technology that it
uses to provide mobile voice coverage (e.g., GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE) and should indicate which
frequency bands it uses to provide voice service using that technology, according to the instructions
below. A mobile wireless voice service provider is considered "facilities-based" if it serves a subscriber
using the provider's own facilities and spectrum for which it holds a license that it manages, or for which
it has obtained the right to use via a spectrum leasing arrangement.

Record Format for Mobile Wireless Voice Deployment Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

Name of the entity customers could contact to purchase service in this
Eastern
DBA Name
Text
area with the characteristics below
Wireless
Technology of
Category of technology for the provision of service (see Codes, Table 3)
Integer
84
Transmission
Code for spectrum used for the provision of service (see Codes, Table 4
Spectrum Used
Integer
91
and note 7 below)
Mobile Voice Deployment Details:
1. All map areas must be closed, non-overlapping polygons with a single, unique identifier.
2. Any variation in any of the required fields necessitates the creation of a separate coverage
polygon.
3. The shapefile must have an assigned projection with an accompanying .prj file.
4. The shapefile must use unprojected (geographic) WGS84 geographic coordinate system.
5. The coverage boundaries should have a resolution of 100 meters (approximately three arc-
seconds) or better. An arc-second represents the distance of latitude or longitude traversed on the
earth's surface while traveling one second (1/3600th of a degree). See
http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0400/wdside.html. Three arc-seconds is a common resolution
of terrain databases. See USGS Standards for Digital Elevation Models, Part 1-General, at 1-2, 1-
4, http://nationalmap.gov/standards/pdf/1DEM0897.PDF.
6. The shapefile should be submitted as a WinZip archive.
7.

Spectrum

Spectrum Used should be entered as an integer based on the coding scheme shown in
Codes, Table 4.
8. In addition to the shapefile, each zip file should include metadata or a plain text "readme" file that
contains a comprehensive explanation of the methodology employed to generate the map layer
including any necessary assumptions and an assessment of the accuracy of the finished product.
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6. Fixed Broadband Subscription
Each facilities-based provider of fixed broadband connections to end users shall provide a list of census
tracts in which broadband service is provided to end users, along with the associated service
characteristics identified below.
For the purposes of this data collection, a provider of broadband connections to end-user locations is
considered "facilities-based" if any of the following conditions are met: (1) it owns the portion of the
physical facility that terminates at the end user location; (2) it obtains unbundled network elements
(UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and
provisions/equips them as broadband, or (3) it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end
user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum. "Broadband connections" are wired "lines" or fixed
wireless "channels" that enable the end user to receive information from and/or send information to the
Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 Kbps in at least one direction. A broadband "end
user" is a residential, business, institutional, or government entity that uses broadband services for its own
purposes and does not resell such services to other entities or incorporate such services into retail Internet-
access services.
Report connections to end users that you (including affiliates) equipped to enable the end user to receive
information from and/or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 Kbps
in at least one direction. Report only in-service connections. The end user's Internet access service may
be provided by you (including affiliates) or by an unaffiliated entity. Categorize the connection based on
the technology employed by the part of the connection that terminates at the end user location. (Do not
report anywhere in Form 477 any high-capacity connections between two locations of the same end user
customer, ISP or communications carrier).

Record Format for Fixed Broadband Subscription Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

Tract
11-digit FIPS Code for the census tract (see note 1 below)
Text
11001006202
Technology of
Category of technology for the provision of service (see Codes, Table 2)
Integer
1
Transmission
Downstream Bandwidth
Downstream bandwidth of the service as sold in Mbps
Float
3
Upstream Bandwidth
Upstream bandwidth of the service as sold in Mbps
Float
1.5
Number of connections in this census tract for this combination of technology
Connections
Integer
100
code, upstream bandwidth and downstream bandwidth
Number of connections in this census tract for this combination of technology
Consumer Connections
code, upstream bandwidth and downstream bandwidth provided in consumer-
Integer
57
grade service plans
Fixed Broadband Subscription Details:
1.

Tract

Each census tract must be identified using the 2010 tract identifier from the 2010
TIGER/Line Census Tract State-based Shapefile or Census Tract County-based Shapefile. The
tract identifier is a concatenation of Census 2010 state FIPS code, Census 2010 county FIPS code
and Census 2010 census tract code. Please see the 2010 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical
Documentation, Chapter 5, Part 5.4 at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-
data/data/pdfs/tiger/tgrshp2010/TGRSHP10SF1CH5.pdf for more information.
2. Records should be unique by

Tract

,

Technology of Transmission

,

Downstream Bandwidth

and

Upstream Bandwidth

. For example, if a provider has broadband connections in service in a
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particular census tract via two technologies, then the data should contain two records for that
census tract.
3. Technology of Transmission For reporting the technology of transmission, report the
technology used by the portion of the connection that would terminate at the end-user location. If
different technologies could be used in the two directions of information transfer ("downstream"
and "upstream"), report the connection in the technology category for the downstream direction.
The technology of transmission should be entered as an integer based on the reference found in
Codes, Table 2.
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7. Mobile Wireless Broadband Subscription
Report the number of subscribers whose device and subscription permit them to access the lawful Internet
content of their choice at information transfer rates exceeding 200 Kbps in at least one direction. For
purposes of this part, providers must exclude subscribers whose choice of content is restricted to only
customized-for-mobile content, and exclude subscribers whose subscription does not include, either in a
bundle or as a feature added to a voice subscription, a data plan providing the ability to transfer, on a
monthly basis, either a specified or an unlimited amount of data to and from the Internet. Filers should
include directly-billed subscribers, pre-paid subscribers, and subscribers served via resellers.

Record Format for Mobile Wireless Broadband Subscription Data Bandwidths by State

Field

Description

Type

Example

State
2-digit FIPS Code for the state (see note 1 below)
Text
01
Downstream Bandwidth
Downstream bandwidth of the service as sold in Mbps
Float
3
Upstream Bandwidth
Upstream bandwidth of the service as sold in Mbps
Float
0.768
Subscribers whose billing address is in this state and whose device
and subscription permit the subscriber to access the lawful Internet
Subscribers
Integer
100
content of the subscriber's choice at information transfer rates
exceeding 200 Kbps in at least one direction
Of the total number of subscribers, the number that are not billed to a
Subscribers, Consumer
corporate, non-corporate business, government or institutional
Integer
57
customer account
Mobile Wireless Broadband Subscription Details:
1.

State

Each state must be identified using the 2010 state identifier from the 2010 TIGER/Line
State and Equivalent Entity Nation-based Shapefile or State and Equivalent Entity State-based
Shapefile. Please see the 2010 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical Documentation, Chapter 5, Part
5.17 at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-
data/data/pdfs/tiger/tgrshp2010/TGRSHP10SF1CH5.pdf for more information.
2. Records should be unique by

State

,

Downstream Bandwidth

and

Upstream Bandwidth

. For
example, if a provider has mobile wireless broadband connections in service in a particular state
at two different downstream bandwidths, then the data should contain two records for that state.
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8. Mobile Local Telephone Subscription
Report mobile voice telephony subscribers in each state that you served over your own facilities. Include
directly billed subscribers, pre-paid subscribers, and subscribers served via resellers. Count a subscriber
as a mobile handset or other revenue-generating active voice unit that has a unique phone number and that
can place and receive calls from the public switched telephone network.
A mobile telephony service is a real-time, two-way voice service that is interconnected with the public
switched network using an in-network switching facility that enables the provider to reuse frequencies
and accomplish seamless handoff of subscriber calls. A mobile telephony service provider is considered
"facilities-based" if it serves a subscriber using the provider's own facilities and spectrum for which it
holds a license that it manages, or for which it has obtained the right to use via a spectrum leasing
arrangement.

Record Format for Mobile Local Telephone Subscription Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

State
2-digit FIPS Code for the state (see note 1 below)
Text
01
Mobile voice telephony subscribers in service and served over your
Subscribers
Integer
8201
own facilities
Of the total number of mobile voice telephony subscribers, the
Direct Subscribers
Integer
8001
number that are directly billed or pre-paid
Mobile Wireless Telephone Subscription Details:

State

Each state must be identified using the 2010 state identifier from the 2010 TIGER/Line
State and Equivalent Entity Nation-based Shapefile or State and Equivalent Entity State-based
Shapefile. Please see the 2010 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical Documentation, Chapter 5, Part
5.17 at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-
data/data/pdfs/tiger/tgrshp2010/TGRSHP10SF1CH5.pdf for more information.
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9. Local Exchange Telephone Subscription
Report lines or wireless channels (hereafter, "lines") in this state that you (including affiliates) use to
provide local exchange or exchange access services that allow end users to originate and/or terminate
local telephone calls on the public switched network, whether used by the end user for voice telephone
calls or for other types of calls carried over the public switched network (for example, lines used for
facsimile equipment or lines used occasionally or exclusively for "dial-up" connection to the Internet).
Do not report lines not yet in service, lines used for interoffice trunking, company official lines, or lines
used for special access service. Do not report any lines that connect two locations of the same end user
customer, ISP, or communications carrier. Where you are already reporting the portion of a circuit
between the end user and your switching center, do not separately count the portion of that circuit
between your switching center and a circuit switched, Internet protocol, or ATM network, irrespective of
whether you multiplexed the circuit onto a higher-capacity facility between your switching center and that
network.

Record Format for Local Exchange Telephone Subscription Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

State
State FIPS Code
Text
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Local Exchange Telephone: Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels provided to Other Providers

Voice-grade equivalent lines you provided to unaffiliated communications
carriers under resale arrangements including, among others, commercial
VGEs, Wholesale
Integer
1
agreements that replaced UNE-P and resold services such as local exchange,
Centrex, and channelized special access
Lines you provided to unaffiliated communications carriers under any UNE
Wholesale, UNE-L
loop arrangement where you did not also provide UNE switching for the line
Integer
50
(Do not convert UNEs to VGEs)

Local Exchange Telephone: Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels provided to End Users

VGEs, End User,
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
Integer
1000
Total
service to your (including affiliates) end-user customers
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service that are bundled with a broadband service that can be used to access
Integer
0
Bundled
the Internet
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service to your (including affiliates) end-user customers taking consumer-
Consumer & No
Integer
100
grade services AND for which you (including affiliates) are NOT the
PIC
presubscribed interstate long distance carrier.
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service to your (including affiliates) end-user customers taking consumer-
Integer
500
Consumer & PIC
grade services AND for which you (including affiliates) are the presubscribed
interstate long distance carrier
VGEs, End User,
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
Business /
service to your (including affiliates) end-user customers taking business-
Integer
50
Government & No
grade services AND for which you (including affiliates) are NOT the
PIC
presubscribed interstate long distance carrier
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service to your (including affiliates) end-user customers taking business-
Business /
Integer
350
grade services AND for which you (including affiliates) are the presubscribed
Government & PIC
interstate long distance carrier
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Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service provided over your own (including affiliates) local loop facilities or
Integer
1000
Owned
the equivalent
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service provided over UNE loops obtained from an unaffiliated carrier
Integer
0
UNE-L
without also obtaining that carrier's UNE switching for that line
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
VGEs, End User,
service provided by reselling unaffiliated-carrier services including, among
Integer
0
Resale
others, commercial agreements that replaced UNE-P and resold services such
as local exchange, Centrex, and channelized special access
VGEs, End User,
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
Integer
0
Optical Fiber
service provided over optical fiber at the end-user premises
VGEs, End User,
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
Integer
0
Coax
service provided over coaxial cable at the end-user premises
VGEs, End User,
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless channels in
Integer
0
TFW
service provided over fixed wireless at the end-user premises
Local Exchange Telephone Subscription Details:
Reporting Channelized Service: Count as one voice-grade equivalent line: traditional analog
POTS lines, Centrex-CO extensions, and Centrex-CU trunks. Count lines based on how they are
charged to the customer rather than how they are physically provisioned. That is, when a
customer is charged for channelized service, report the number of activated, charged-for channels
rather than the theoretical capacity of the line. Examples: Count Basic Rate Integrated (BRI)
Services Digital Network (ISDN) lines as two voice-grade equivalent lines. Count fully-
channelized PRI circuits (including PRIs that are used exclusively to provide local connectivity to
"dial-up" ISPs) as 23 voice-grade equivalent lines. But report, for example, 8 voice-grade
equivalent lines if a customer is charged for 8 trunks that happen to be provisioned over a DS1
circuit. If a customer is charged for a fully-channelized DS1 circuit, however, report 24 voice-
grade equivalent lines. For

Wholesale, UNE-L

, however, any high-capacity UNEs should not be
reported in voice-grade equivalents. UNEs should be reported as actual circuit counts.
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10. Interconnected VoIP Subscription
Interconnected VoIP service is a service that enables real-time, two-way voice communications; requires
a broadband connection from the user's location; requires Internet-protocol compatible customer premises
equipment; and permits users generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone
network and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network. See 47 C.F.R. 9.3.
Interconnected VoIP providers should determine location based on the subscriber's broadband connection
or the subscriber's "Registered Location" as of the data-collection date. "Registered Location" is the
most recent information obtained by an interconnected VoIP service provider that identifies the physical
location of an end user. See 47 C.F.R. 9.3 (in the part of the FCC rules setting E911 requirements for
interconnected VoIP).

Record Format for Interconnected VoIP Subscription Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

State
State FIPS Code
Text
11

Interconnected VoIP, Over the Top (OTT) Subscriptions: Service to End Users Provided Without Also Supplying Last-Mile Facilities

VoIP, End User,
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users
Integer
0
OTT
VoIP, End User,
Consumer-grade VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates)
Integer
0
OTT, Consumer
by end users

Interconnected VoIP, All Other Subscriptions: Service to End Users Provided over Last-Mile Facilities Supplied by the Provider

VoIP, End User
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users
Integer
500
VoIP, End User,
Consumer-grade VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates)
Integer
450
Consumer
by end users
VoIP subscriptions provided by you (including affiliates) to end users where
VoIP, End User,
you also provide that subscriber with a broadband service that can be used to
Integer
410
Bundled
access the Internet
VoIP, End User,
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users and Integer
0
Copper
provided over a copper-wire based connection
VoIP, End User,
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users and Integer
0
FTTP
provided over a fiber-to-the-premises connection
VoIP, End User,
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users and Integer
500
Cable
provided over a cable connection
VoIP, End User,
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users and Integer
0
Wireless
provided over terrestrial or satellite-based wireless connection
VoIP, End User,
VoIP subscriptions purchased from you (including affiliates) by end users and Integer
0
Other
provided over some other type of connection
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11. Voice Telephone Subscription Detail
In addition to state-level reporting of local exchange lines in service and / or VoIP subscriptions sold,
providers or local exchange telephone services and / or interconnected VoIP services should report
subscriber counts by census tract and provide an estimate of the share of lines and / or subscriptions sold
in each tract that are provided under consumer-grade service plans.

Record Format for Voice Telephone Subscription Detail Data

Field

Description

Type

Example

Tract
11-digit FIPS Code for the census tract (see note 1 below)
Text
11001006202
Data in this record represent counts of: 0=VGEs (for local exchange
VoIP Indicator
Integer
0
services) or 1=VoIP subscriptions
Voice-grade equivalent lines and voice-grade equivalent wireless
VGEs or Subscriptions
Integer
100
channels in service OR VoIP subscriptions
Consumer VGEs or
Number of VGEs or subscriptions that are provided in consumer-
Integer
100
Subscriptions
grade service plans
Voice Telephone Subscription Details:
1.

Tract

Each census tract must be identified using the 2010 tract identifier from the 2010
TIGER/Line Census Tract State-based Shapefile or Census Tract County-based Shapefile. The
tract identifier is a concatenation of Census 2010 state FIPS code, Census 2010 county FIPS code
and Census 2010 census tract code. Please see the 2010 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical
Documentation, Chapter 5, Part 5.4 at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-
data/data/pdfs/tiger/tgrshp2010/TGRSHP10SF1CH5.pdf for more information.
2. Records should be unique by

Tract

and

VoIP Indicator

. For example, if a provider has voice
telephone connections in service in a particular tract via two technologies, then the data should
contain two records for that tract.
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Appendix: Codes

Table 1: Technology of Transmission Codes for Deployment of Fixed Services

Technology Code

Description

Details

Asymmetric xDSL other than ADSL2 and
10
Asymmetric xDSL
VDSL
11
ADSL2
For example: ADSL2, ADSL2+
12
VDSL
For example: VHDSL, VDSL2
20
Symmetric xDSL
All copper-wire based technologies other
30
Other Copper Wireline
than xDSL (Ethernet over copper and T-1
are examples)
Cable modem other than DOCSIS 1, 1.1, 2.0,
40
Cable Modem
and 3.0
41
Cable Modem DOCSIS 1, 1.1, and 2.0
42
Cable Modem DOCSIS 3.0
Fiber to the home or business end user (does
50
Optical Carrier/Fiber to the End User
not include "fiber to the curb")
60
Satellite
70
Terrestrial Fixed Wireless
90
Electric Power Line
0
All Other
Any specific technology not listed above

Table 2: Technology of Transmission Codes for Subscription to Fixed Services

Technology Code

Description

Details

10
Asymmetric xDSL
20
Symmetric xDSL
All copper-wire based technologies other
30
Other Copper Wireline
than xDSL (Ethernet over copper and T-1
are examples)
40
Cable Modem
Fiber to the home or business end user (does
50
Optical Carrier/Fiber to the End User
not include "fiber to the curb")
60
Satellite
70
Terrestrial Fixed Wireless
90
Electric Power Line
0
All Other
Any specific technology not listed above

Table 3: Technology of Transmission Codes for Mobile Wireless Services

Technology Code

Description

Details

80
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless WCDMA/UMTS/HSPA
81
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless HSPA+
82
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless EVDO/EVDO Rev A
83
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless LTE
84
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless WiMAX
85
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless CDMA
86
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless GSM
87
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless Analog
88
Terrestrial Mobile Wireless Other
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Table 4: Spectrum Codes

Code

Spectrum Band

90
700 MHz Band
91
Cellular Band
92
Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Band
93
Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) Band
94
Broadband Personal Communications Service (PCS) Band
95
Wireless Communications Service (WCS) Band
96
Broadband Radio Service/Educational Broadband Service Band
97
Satellite (e.g. L-band, Big LEO, Little LEO, 2 GHz)
98
Unlicensed (including broadcast television "white spaces") Bands
99
600 MHz
100
Other
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