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Released: December 5, 2012


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DA 12-1961

Released: December 5, 2012




WC Docket No. 10-90

Comment Date: January 4, 2013
Reply Comment Date: January 22, 2013

The Commission recently instructed the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) to seek updates
and corrections to the National Broadband Map (NBM) in connection with potential future rounds of
Connect America Phase I incremental support.1 Accordingly, the Bureau has prepared a list of potentially
unserved census blocks in price cap territories, published at
(download .csv file of census blocks), (view list,
make edits, and post in .csv format), and (view map
of census blocks). The census blocks on this list are shown on the most recent version of the National
Broadband Map (data as of December 2011) as completely or partially unserved by fixed terrestrial
broadband with advertised speeds of 3 Mbps downstream and 768 kbps upstream.
As directed by the Commission, the Bureau solicits public input on this list of census blocks. In
particular, the Bureau seeks comment on areas where coverage is either overstated (i.e., by omission of
unserved census blocks from the list) or understated (i.e., census blocks are listed as unserved when they
are in fact served). Commenters claiming that an entity’s coverage is overstated are encouraged to serve a
copy of their comments on the entity whose service area the commenter is challenging. The Bureau also
seeks comment on whether any of the census blocks on the list are served through the Broadband
Initiatives Program or the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The Bureau additionally seeks
comment on whether commenters have brought any changes to the attention of the relevant state mapping

1 Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 12-138, paras. 15-
16 (rel. Nov. 19, 2012) (FNRPM). The Bureau acknowledges that there is an ongoing process to collect, verify and
publish information twice a year in the National Broadband Map, and the timing of this public notice is not intended
to disrupt or supplant that process.

entity or any other entity, and, if they have, to further describe the outcome of any of those discussions.2
In commenting on this list of potentially unserved census blocks, the above suggested topics are neither
exclusive nor exhaustive. Commenters are free to bring any information they deem relevant to the
Bureau’s attention.
The Bureau has made available various tools on the webpages containing the list of census blocks
to allow commenters to review and analyze this list. These tools allow commenters to view a map of
populated census blocks that contain unserved locations and to view and edit a list of unserved census
blocks. Commenters are encouraged to use these tools in formulating their comments and to provide the
Commission an electronic copy of any updates to the list of blocks as a table that contains just changes
(e.g., a list of additional blocks and/or a list of blocks that do not belong on the list). The Bureau
encourages comments that provide specific, actionable information rather than general statements.
Information such as specific census blocks or geocoded locations that are believed to be inaccurate will be
especially useful.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration updates the NBM every six
months. If the Commission decides to do an additional round of Phase I funding, and the NBM is
updated prior to the adoption of such a final rule in response to the FNPRM, the Bureau may incorporate
that update, as well as any other relevant information that commenters provide, into its final list of
unserved locations eligible for any additional rounds of Phase I incremental support.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties may file
comments or reply comments on or before the dates indicated above.3 Comments may be filed using the
Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).4
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by
first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the
Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
o All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be
disposed of before entering the building.

2 The Bureau is relying on the currently published version of the NBM, which is based on data as of December
2011. Thus, in addition to inaccuracies (e.g., a census block is omitted from the list despite being unserved), there
may also be subsequent updates that commenters have already relayed to their state mapping entities (e.g., a census
block was unserved in 2011, but has since become served). Commenters are encouraged to report both types of
3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).

o Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
o U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).

In addition, we request that one copy of each pleading be sent to each of the following:

(1) Ryan J. Yates, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, SW, Room 5-B441A, Washington, DC 20554; e-mail:; and
(2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, SW, Room 5-A452, Washington, DC 20554; e-mail:
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.5 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
For further information, please contact Ryan Yates, Telecommunications Access Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-0886 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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