Additional resources to assist filers are available in the BDC Help Center.

Who must file?

  • Facilities-based providers of fixed and mobile broadband internet access who have one or more end user connections in service on June 30, 2022 must file.
  • In most cases, if you are required to file FCC Form 477 you must also submit data in the BDC. See details below.

Who may also file?

  • Federal agencies, as well as state, local, and Tribal governmental entities primarily responsible for mapping or tracking broadband internet access service coverage in their areas, may submit verified availability data as of June 30, 2022. Additional guidance for governmental entities seeking to file verified broadband availability data in the BDC can be found in this Public Notice released on April 14, 2022.
  • Third parties wishing to submit verified broadband availability data as of June 30, 2022.
  • These parties will also be able to submit data as part of the BDC challenge and crowdsource processes. Additional information about how to participate in these processes will be forthcoming.

See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 2.2 for more info.

When do I need to file?

  • The Commission’s Broadband Data Collection system will open on June 30, 2022.
  • Data depicting broadband service availability as of June 30, 2022 are due no later than September 1, 2022.
  • Going forward, the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection will occur twice a year on the same schedule as Form 477 filings. Generally, data as of June 30th will be due no later than the following September 1st, and data as of December 31st will be due no later than the following March 1st.

What do I need to file?

  • Each BDC filing must include information about the filer, broadband availability data (including supporting data), and – for broadband providers – Form 477 broadband subscription data.
    • Fixed wireline and satellite broadband service providers must submit either polygon shapefiles or a list of locations that constitute the service area of the provider. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 6 for more info.
    • Fixed wireless broadband service providers must submit either propagation maps and propagation model details or a list of locations that constitute the service area of the provider. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Sections 6 and 7 for more info.
    • Mobile wireless broadband service providers must submit propagation maps and propagation model details for each network technology and for both outdoor stationary and in-vehicle mobile network coverage. In addition, mobile wireless broadband service providers must also submit signal strength heat map data. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Sections 8 and 9 for more info.
  • Fixed broadband service providers may now access a preliminary version of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric for the purpose of preparing their data and processes for the initial BDC filing window. Additional information can be found in this Public Notice released on April 14, 2022.
  • If you are a provider of both broadband and voice services (a local telephone service provider, a facilities-based provider of mobile telephony service, or a provider of interconnected voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service - see https://us-fcc.app.box.com/v/WhoMustFileForm477 for descriptions and definitions of each provider type), you also must file your Form 477 fixed and/or mobile voice subscription data in the BDC system. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 5 for more info.
  • In addition, facilities-based providers of mobile voice service must file BDC mobile voice availability data in the BDC system. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 8.2 for more info.
  • Data specifications for primary availability BDC filings are available here:
    https://us-fcc.app.box.com/v/bdc-availability-spec

  BDC Filing Sections by Provider Type
  Facilities-based Providers of Fixed Broadband Service Facilities-based Providers of Terrestrial Mobile Wireless Broadband Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Exchange Telephone Service Providers of Interconnected VoIP Service Facilities-based Providers of Mobile Voice Service
Entity Identification          
Fixed Services
Fixed Broadband Availability          
Fixed Broadband Availability Supporting Data          
Fixed Broadband Subscription          
Fixed Voice Subscription (Tract Data)          
Local Exchange Telephone Subscriptions (State Data)          
Interconnected VoIP Subscriptions (State Data)          
Mobile Services
Mobile Broadband Availability          
Mobile Broadband Availability Supporting Data          
Mobile Broadband Subscription          
Mobile Voice Availability          
Mobile Voice Subscription          

How do I file?

  • Filers will either submit data in the BDC system via file upload and/or web form or submit data using an Application Programming Interface (API).
  • A system user guide, instructions on how to use the optional API (application programming interface), and other technical assistance resources to assist filers will be provided at a later date.
  • Additional resources for filers are available in the BDC Help Center. You may also submit a request for additional technical assistance through that Help Center.

Important information for filers of FCC Form 477

Currently, providers of broadband internet access service must file both the FCC Form 477 and the data required for the Broadband Data Collection. Until the Commission announces a sunset date for the submission of Form 477 broadband deployment data, fixed and mobile broadband service providers that have traditionally filed FCC Form 477 are required to file data in both the new BDC system and the existing Form 477 filing interface.

Service providers that offer only fixed voice service (and do not also offer broadband service) must submit their fixed voice subscribership data only in the Form 477 filing interface. When that system is decommissioned, submission of such data will be made in the BDC system.

The filing requirements by provider type are listed below.

  • Fixed and Mobile Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End Users
    • File broadband subscribership data in the Form 477 interface and in the BDC system. The data formats required by the two systems are nearly identical.
    • File broadband deployment data in the Form 477 interface and broadband availability data in the BDC system.
  • Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Exchange Telephone Service; and Providers of Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service
    • If you have voice and broadband subscribers in service, file voice subscription data in both the 477 and BDC systems.
    • If you provide voice but no broadband connections, you are required to file voice subscription data only in the 477 system.
  • Facilities-based Providers of Mobile Telephony (Mobile Voice) Service
    • File mobile voice subscribership data in the 477 interface and in the BDC system. The two systems will accept identical data and formats for mobile voice subscribership.
    • File mobile voice deployment data in the 477 interface and in the BDC system. Both systems will accept GIS-compatible digital coverage maps, but the required characteristics and attribute tables are different.

See BDC Availability Data Specifications for information on the data required by the BDC system. For information on the data required for Form 477, see the FCC’s Form 477 Resources for Filers page.

 

Updated: 
Thursday, April 28, 2022