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FCC Modernizes and Streamlines Broadband & Voice Data Collection

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Released: June 27, 2013

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June 27, 2013
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253


Deployment Data Key to Connecting All Americans to Broadband

Washington, D.C

. The FCC today unanimously voted to modernize and improve its collection of data
about broadband and voice service in the U.S., while at the same time taking measures to streamline and
reduce the burden on providers.
These changes will improve the data the agency uses to effectuate policies and programs for expansion of
access for all Americans to broadband and voice service service that is essential for the creation of 21st
Century jobs, improving education, and providing opportunities
The Order initiates the most comprehensive collection of broadband deployment data by the FCC ever,
which will be used to populate and update the National Broadband Map, a key resource on broadband
deployment for consumers, policymakers, researchers, economists and others. Reliable and accurate
deployment data are also critical to the expansion of broadband to consumers in unserved rural areas
through the FCC's Connect America Fund and universal service program, and for the FCC's annual
report to Congress on broadband availability.
At the same time, the changes will streamline data reporting by industry and eliminate several unneeded
Since 2000, the FCC has collected data on broadband and voice subscribership, a rough indicator of
adoption by consumers of these services. In 2010, the Commerce Department's National
Telecommunications and Information Administration began collecting data about the physical
deployment of networks to produce the National Broadband Map, in cooperation with the states and the
FCC. Funding for NTIA's collection is scheduled to end next year and the FCC is proud to build upon
the NTIA's excellent work and continue to collect data to populate the National Broadband Map.
The new collection will improve and expand broadband and voice data, while simplifying the process for
providers by:

Increasing consistency through creating a single, uniform format for deployment data, and
replacing the current separate state-by-state voluntary collections under differing methodologies

Reducing the burden on providers by eliminating certain data collections, including the
requirement to file speed data in tiers

Collecting fixed broadband deployment data by census block, and mobile broadband and mobile
voice network coverage areas using a standard geographic information system software format

Obtaining mobile broadband deployment data by technology, minimum advertised speed, and
spectrum band to help assess competition in the mobile wireless marketplace and mobile
broadband availability to consumers

Receiving emergency contact information to expedite agency disaster response

Collecting company identification information to facilitate merger reviews, assess competition,
and combat waste, fraud and abuse in universal service

Exploring development of an application that providers could use to automate their data-
gathering, which would further reduce the burden of collection and improve the quality of the
Filing of this data is expected to begin in September 2014, reflecting the first six months of 2014.
Wireline Competition Bureau Staff Contact: Chelsea Fallon at 202-418-7991
Action by the Commission June 27, 2013, by Second Report and Order (FCC 13-87). Acting
Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai with Acting Chairwoman Clyburn,
Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.

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