Form 477 reporting wasn’t designed to provide a location-specific view of where broadband is (and isn’t). BroadbandFabric Availability Data brings you closer to the ground-truth of existing broadband coverage with data layers ready when you are. We analyze every parcel of land, cross reference infrastructure and coverage data, and run statistical scoring to determine the likelihood that a given location is served.
How it works
Aggregate Form 477 Data
While providers are not (yet) required to provide sub-census block detail, they are still incentivized to report their coverage in order to discourage overbuilding. So we start with this as a baseline.
Layer in serviceable structures
Layering in the BroadbandFabric Location Data provides a foundational understanding of where serviceable structures are in a given geography. This critical step enables the ability to associate estimates of service availability to real homes and businesses.
Cross-reference infrastructure databases and speed test results
The location of network infrastructure provides valuable clues as to the feasibility for locations to be served and can be utilized to provide signal coverage within. Additionally, internet speed test results can be localized and provide a signal of usage within a given region.
Run statistical scoring models
This is where the secret sauce is. CostQuest aggregates, structures and applies weighting to these inputs to generate estimates for the likelihood a given area is served.
Broadband DATA Act
Better broadband maps are coming
BroadbandFabric Availability Data is the bridge until improved publicly available broadband maps are available. In the coming years, the FCC and collaborating federal agencies will produce improved Broadband Maps that provide a sub-census block view of the areas served and unserved by broadband. The Broadband DATA Act, signed into law in March 2020, instructs the FCC to build a Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric, which will ‘serve as a foundation on which fixed broadband availability is overlaid’ (Source: 47 U.S.C. § 642(b)(1)(B).).
Furthermore, broadband coverage reporting will be refined to require providers to submit coverage detail at the sub-census block-level (within the census block). When combined with more robust challenge and crowd-sourcing processes, the goal is to produce an accurate understanding of where broadband service is and isn’t available in the U.S. Until then, the BroadbandFabric Availability Data can give your team granular estimates.