How to prepare for FCC BDC Filing & USAC HUBB Filing

Below is a quick breakdown of the key FCC BDC Filing and USAC HUBB Filing deadlines, requirements, and other critical information to help you prepare your filings for these two programs.

FCC BDC Filing Program

The Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program will supply the FCC, communications industry, state, local, and Tribal government entities, and consumers with the data tools they need to improve the accuracy of existing broadband maps. All facilities-based broadband providers are required to file data with the FCC twice a year. The FCC uses the BDC program’s location and ISP service availability to create their National Broadband Maps.

FCC BDC Filing Guide:

USAC HUBB Filing Program

Providers participating in modernized funds must file deployment data with the High Cost Universal Broadband portal (HUBB), showing where they are building out mass-market, high-speed Internet service using CAF & RDOF support.

USAC HUBB Filing Guide:

Broadband Data Collection Filing information:

FCC BDC Filing deadlines

March 1, 2024 & September 1, 2024

Facilities-based providers of fixed and mobile broadband Internet access who have one or more end-user connections in service as of December 31, 2023, must file into the Broadband Data Collection by March 1, 2023,
Facilities-based providers of fixed and mobile broadband Internet access who have one or more end-user connections in service as of June 30, 2024, must file by September 1, 2024.
  • The Broadband Data Collection system opens on January 2, 2024.
  • The FCC’s Broadband Data Collection happens twice a year on the same schedule as Form 477 filings.
  • Each year, data as of June 30th will be due the following September 1st, and data as of December 31st will be due on March 1st.
FCC BDC Filing Timeline

How do I file?

Who has to file?

  • Providers of fixed and mobile broadband Internet access who have one or more end users in service on June 30th and December 31st.
  • If you are required to file FCC Form 477 you must also submit data to the BDC.

See more details for BDC filers.

Who else can file? 

  • Federal agencies, state, local, and Tribal governmental entities in charge of mapping or tracking broadband internet access service coverage in their areas, can submit verified availability data as of June 30th and December 31st.
  • Third parties who want to submit verified broadband availability data as of June 30th and December 31st.
    • These parties can also submit data as part of the BDC challenge and crowdsource processes.

What do I need to file? 

At stated on the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection Information for Filers web page, any individual submitting information in the BDC system, either on behalf of a service provider
or as a governmental or third-party entity, must submit the following information about
themself and the entity for which they are submitting data:

  • Each BDC filing must include information about the filer, broadband availability data (including supporting data), and – for broadband providers – Form 477 broadband subscription data.
    • Fixed wireline and satellite broadband service providers must submit either polygon shapefiles or a list of locations that constitute the service area of the provider. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 6 for more info.
    • Fixed wireless broadband service providers must submit either propagation maps and propagation model details or a list of locations that constitute the service area of the provider. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Sections 6 and 7 for more info.
    • Mobile wireless broadband service providers must submit propagation maps and propagation model details for each network technology and both outdoor stationary and in-vehicle mobile network coverage. In addition, mobile wireless broadband service providers must also submit signal strength heat map data. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Sections 8 and 9 for more info.
  • Fixed broadband service providers may now access the FCC’s Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric Data to match their availability data to the location IDs represented in the Fabric.
  • If you are a provider of both broadband and voice services (a local telephone service provider, a facilities-based provider of mobile telephony service, or a provider of interconnected voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service – see https://us-fcc.app.box.com/v/WhoMustFileForm477 for descriptions and definitions of each provider type), you also must file your Form 477 fixed and/or mobile voice subscription data in the BDC system. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 5 for more info.
  • Providers of mobile voice service must file BDC mobile voice availability data in the BDC system. See BDC Availability Data Specifications Section 8.2 for more info.
  • Data specifications for primary availability BDC filings are available here:
    https://us-fcc.app.box.com/v/bdc-availability-spec

How do I get access to the FCC’s Fabric for BDC Filings?

To request access to the FCC’s Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (Fabric) and start matching your availability data to the Broadband Serviceable Locations in the Fabric, please contact nbfsupport@costquest.com.

For more information about the FCC Fabric data, please visit the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric Resource Center.

FCC BDC Filing resources

For more resources on the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection, visit the Broadband Data Collection Help Center. If you have questions, email BroadbandDataInquiries@fcc.gov.

FCC BDC Filing sections by provider type

Section:Providers of
Fixed
Broadband
Service
Providers of
Terrestrial
Mobile
Wireless
Broadband
Providers of
Wired or
Fixed
Wireless
Local
Exchange
Telephone
Service*
Providers of
Interconnected
VoIP Service*
Providers of
Mobile Voice
Service
Entity Identificationxxxxx
For Fixed Services:
Fixed Broadband Availabilityx
Fixed Broadband Availability
Supporting Data
x
Fixed Broadband Subscriptionx
Fixed Voice Subscription (Tract
Data)
xx
Local Exchange Telephone
Subscriptions (State Data)
x
Interconnected VoIP
Subscriptions (State Data)
x
For Mobile Services:
Mobile Broadband Availabilityx
Mobile Broadband Availability
Supporting Data
x
Mobile Broadband Subscriptionx
Mobile Voice Availabilityx
Mobile Voice Subscriptionx

Important information for Form 477 Filers

Important information:

Currently, providers of broadband internet access services must file both the FCC Form 477 and the data required for the Broadband Data Collection.

Until the Commission announces an end date for Form 477, fixed and mobile service providers that file in Form 477 are required to file deployment data in both the new BDC and the existing Form 477 filing systems.

Service providers that offer only fixed voice service need to submit fixed voice subscribership data only in the Form 477 filing system. When Form 477 closes, this data should be submitted to the BDC system.

See BDC Availability Data Specifications for information on the data required by the BDC system. For information on the data required for Form 477, see the FCC’s Form 477 Resources for Filers page.

USAC HUBB Filing information:

1. File deployment data into the HUBB – Submit geocoded locations from the previous deployment year

2. Certify data by filing Form 481

3. Submit 54.314 certification

4. Submit performance measure testing

Keep in mind:

HUBB FILINGS REQUIRE LAT/LON COORDINATES
AND ADDRESSES
(OR TEXTUAL REFERENCES)

View USAC’s Annual Requirements for more details on filing requirements.

See guidelines for submitting data into USAC’s HUBB Portal.

USAC HUBB Filing deadline:

March 1, 2024

Participants in the following funding programs have until March 1, 2024, to file data for all locations deployed with CAF support in 2023 or certify that they have “no locations to upload.”

Carriers with 2023 deployment milestones must also complete milestone certifications as part of the annual HUBB filing – including separate milestone certifications for separate deployment obligations by speed tier – and will face verification reviews tied to those milestones. 

View USAC guidelines for more information about HUBB Regulatory Filing requirements.

Disclaimer

This communication does not reflect the opinion of the Federal Communications Commission or Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC). The FCC or USAC is not responsible for the information or views in this communication and is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of such information or views.

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