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. 

What were the changes?

NTIA collected data on broadband availability through the State Broadband Initiative (SBI); the FCC previously collected data on broadband subscription through its semi-annual Form 477 collection.  In 2014, these efforts were consolidated into the Form 477 data collection.

Below is a summary of the changes.  For more details, see the FCC’s June 2013 Form 477 Modernization Order (Order).

Changes to Form 477 in 2014

When did the changes take effect?

The FCC Form 477 data on broadband deployment as of June 30, 2014 was due December 11, 2014NTIA's final collection also was for data as of June 30, 2014.  These changes were adopted in an FCC Order in June 2013.  Going forward, Form 477 data as of December 31 are due the following March 1, and data as of June 30 are due the following September 1. 

How should the data be submitted?

Broadband providers must submit Form 477 data via the FCC's online electronic filing system.  The Form 477 Resources for Filers page 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.

Are the data available to the public?

The Form 477 broadband deployment data, with the exception of certain spectrum and speed information associated with the mobile coverage areas, are available online.  Some Form 477 subscription data are available in the Internet Access Services Reports and Local Telephone Competition Reports.  The provider-specific subscription data are confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact the Industry Analysis & Technology Division of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013