Fixed and wireless broadband providers can now access the Federal Communications Commission’s new Broadband Data Collection (BDC) system ahead of its official rollout on June 30.
The system is part of the FCC’s effort to get better data on where broadband is and isn’t available, as the Biden administration provides tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure building dollars to reach its universal broadband service objective.
The FCC has come under considerable criticism over the accuracy of its broadband maps, gleaned from service providers’ self-reporting, and is in the process of improving it on its own initiative as well as under leadership of Congress, including through the new BDC. .
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The commission is providing early access to parts of the system so registrants can start providing credentials before the official filing window (June 30-September 1), giving them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the operation of the system.
The goal, the FCC said, is “to get filers online, registered, and ready to enter their availability data as early as possible in the filing window.”
The FCC also offers an online guide to navigating the system and related tutorials here.
All service providers with facilities with at least one active connection must file data in the system on “where they make consumer Internet access service available as of June 30, 2022”. ■