About the Units in the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric Data

By: CostQuest’s Solutions & Technology Team on behalf of CostQuest Associates.

The FCC Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (Fabric) provides a unit count value for each record. This field represents the sum of residential and non-residential demand on that location record. Fabric residential unit counts are established to be consistent with Census 2020 Housing Units. Non-residential counts are established using information from assessment data and other sources.

FCC Fabric unit count of residential units is consistent with US Census 2020 Housing Unit counts

Although the Fabric has a combined residential and non-residential count, the visualization below demonstrates the consistency in Fabric residential unit counts versus Census 2020 Housing Units. Each county is color-coded based on its deviation from Census 2020 Housing Units. Where a county has a large deviation from Census 2020, the reason is typically the presence of an Entity Boundary (such as a military base). By design, the Fabric represents all the demand for an Entity Boundary on a single point. This means some areas within the Entity Boundary will have no Fabric points upon which to place Fabric units. In areas where an Entity Boundary spans more than one of the census areas used to check housing unit counts, this can create a deviation from Census 2020.


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