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Comment Date:               September 23, 2019

Reply Comment Date:    October 7, 2019

On August 6, 2019, the Commission released a Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to better identify gaps in broadband coverage across the nation. 

The Report and Order establishes a new broadband deployment data collection that requires providers to submit geospatial maps of their fixed broadband coverage areas and improve the existing Form 477 data collection.  The Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on, among other things, ways to develop location-specific data to precisely identify the homes and small businesses that have and do not have access to broadband services.  It also seeks comment on what additional steps the Commission should take to obtain more accurate and reliable mobile broadband deployment data.

Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  All filings must reference WC Docket Nos. 19-195 and 11-10.  People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.   

Links to News Release:
Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358832A1.docx
PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358832A1.pdf
Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358832A1.txt

Links to Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-improves-broadband-mapping-0
Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-79A1.docx
PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-79A1.pdf
Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-79A1.txt

For general information about the FCC’s efforts related to broadband deployment, visit https://www.fcc.gov/general/national-broadband-plan and https://www.fcc.gov/general/measuring-broadband-america.  For further information about this proceeding, contact Kirk Burgee, Wireline Competition Bureau, Competition Policy Division, (202) 418-1599, Kirk.Burgee@fcc.gov, or Garnet Hanly, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Competition Policy Division, (202) 418-0995, Garnet.Hanly@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).  Individuals using a text teletypewriter (TTY) may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.

Updated: 
Friday, September 6, 2019