In 2014, the FCC assumed responsibility for the collection of data on broadband deployment, an effort previously overseen by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in coordination with the States. The first filings at the FCC were due on December 11, 2014, representing data as of June 30, 2014, while NTIA's final collection also was for data as of June 30, 2014.
What were the changes?
NTIA collected deployment data through the State Broadband Initiative (SBI); the FCC previously collected subscription data through its semi-annual Form 477 collection. In 2014, these efforts were consolidated into the Form 477 data collection.
The deployment data, with the exception of certain spectrum and speed information associated with the mobile coverage areas, will be made public while the provider-specific subscription data will remain confidential.
When did the changes take effect?
The changes adopted in the Order were implemented with the collection of data as of June 30, 2014, which was due to the FCC on December 11, 2014. Form 477 data as of December 31, 2014 will be due March 1, 2015. The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau has provided information on the procedures and instructions for submitting Form 477 under the revised rules on its Form 477 Resources for Filers webpage.
How should the data be submitted?
Broadband providers must submit Form 477 data directly with the FCC via its online electronic filing system, which was upgraded to accommodate the changes in the Order and accept data on broadband deployment. The Form 477 Resources for Filers webpage includes various resources on how filers should submit their data, including Instructions, a User Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, and information on formatting files for upload.