Provided in the link below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and corresponding answers which cover various aspects of the data collection, filing requirements, as well as some quick instructions for getting started with the Special Access Web Portal.

Special Access Frequently Asked Questions Last Updated: 02/13/2015

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Updates to the FAQs:

General

Q: What do I need to submit in the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (FCFS)? A: Filers must submit redacted versions of Confidential and Highly Confidential submissions through the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). In other words, you must submit on ECFS redacted versions of your narrative responses to collection questions uploaded to the “Essay Questions Upload Files” section of the web portal. However, filers do not need to submit on ECFS redacted versions of documents or database containers containing Highly Confidential Data submitted to web portal. For additional information, see paragraph 22 of the Order adopting the Protective Order and paragraph 3 of the Protective Order itself. For more information, see the Data Collection Protective Order.

Competitive Provider Questions (Section II.A)

Q: How should I format the shapefile map for Question II.A.5?

A: Maps should be uploaded to the Special Access Web Portal as a zipped shapefile. In other words, maps should be saved in shapefile format from your GIS. Since shapefiles typically consist of 3 to 9 individual files, the shapefile for the map should be submitted as a single, zipped file containing all the component files as well as the .prj file and plain-text “readme” file explaining your methodology. To the extent any component file is required to view your shapefile, e.g. .shx, .dbf files, you should include those files in your zipped file. For additional information on formatting your shapefiles, please refer to page 14 of the Instructions.

Q: Should we include Nodes data in the zipped file containing the shapefile mapping data? (Question II.A.5)

A: No. Nodes data should be uploaded to the Special Access Web Portal in the “Essay Questions Upload Files” section as a delimited, plain text file, e.g. .csv, NOT as a shapefile. Nodes data must be filed separately from mapping data and should NOT be included in the zip file containing the component files for the fiber map shapefile. For additional information on formatting your Node data, please refer to pages 14-15 of the Instructions. For more information, see the Data Collection Protective Order.

Q: How do I submit a “Confidential” version of the fiber route mapping data? (Question II.A.5)

A: Question II.A.5 is broken into two parts, the fiber route shapefile and the Node plain text file, each which will be separately uploaded to the “Essay Questions Upload Files” section. The Essay upload section contains two areas for uploading files, a “Confidential” and “Highly Confidential” area. The location of companies’ fiber network routes, including the locations of all Nodes used to interconnect with third party networks and the year that each Node went live, i.e. responses to Question II.A.5, may be designated “Highly Confidential Data” pursuant to Appendix B of the Data Collection Protective Order. In the “Confidential” essay upload area of the web portal, you must upload a file but it may be a blank file of any format accepted by the web portal Essay Questions upload section. You do not need to redact or “black-out” a shapefile or .csv file. For this file, you may include a REDACTED – FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION heading consistent with the Protective Order.

Updated: 
Thursday, October 2, 2014