CostQuest’s Role in the FCC Broadband Fabric for BDC & FCC National Broadband Map

CostQuest plays an essential role in supporting the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection (BDC) effort by providing the underlying Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (also referred to as the FCC Broadband Fabric or FCC Fabric), which will provide the common normalized location data set that all parties can act upon.

CostQuest’s goal is to create the most accurate data set for broadband mapping that can inform the decision-making needed for effective broadband deployment. CostQuest came into this project knowing the stakes at hand and signed up to tackle this challenge because we believe data-driven solutions are needed to effectively expand internet access to all Americans. For CostQuest’s part, the BDC process is moving forward and on schedule according to what we were contracted to accomplish and laid out in the applicable bipartisan law: the Broadband DATA Act.

CostQuest’s BDC role is:

Is to provide the FCC with Broadband Fabric data.

CostQuest’s part in the Broadband Data Collection process is to deliver the Broadband Fabric data that provides all the locations across the U.S. that are or can be connected with broadband. In the delivery of the data, per the BDC Fabric contract, CostQuest makes the data available to the FCC and to interested parties, including ISPs, state, tribal, and local government entities in their efforts to support the BDC program and the creation of the FCC National Broadband Map.

BDC ProcessCostQuestFCC
Delivering the FCC Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric YesYes
Fabric Licensing ProcessYesYes
Collecting BDC Submissions from ISPsNo roleYes
Creating the FCC National Broadband MapNo roleYes

CostQuest’s BDC role is NOT:

Is NOT to collect broadband service availability data from ISPs or other processes related to the FCC National Broadband Map.

While the Broadband Fabric data is foundational to the accuracy of the resulting FCC National Broadband Map, CostQuest is not involved in collecting and using service availability data from ISPs or other data related to the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program. Additionally, CostQuest has no role in the challenge process related to where broadband is and is not available.

CostQuest is proud to be given the opportunity to support the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection process to help with the creation of the nation’s first-ever location-level broadband maps. Mapping broadband availability on a location-by-location basis is a big step forward in improving broadband data collection processes that will subsequently provide data to inform decisions related to broadband deployment. The ultimate goal of the process is to provide the basis that allows the efficient expansion of broadband connectivity to all.

For more information on how to give feedback on Broadband Serviceable Locations, please visit the FCC’s Fabric Location Challenge process web page. The FCC will release information on the Broadband Availability Challenge process once the initial BDC data and FCC National Broadband Maps are released.


This communication does not reflect the opinion or the policy of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC 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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