NTIA Requests FCC Broadband Data

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Pursuant to its administration of the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) Program, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has requested access to data collected on the Commission's Form 477. Specifically, NTIA is seeking access to data on Internet access connections as of June 30, 2010, with a reporting deadline of September 1, 2010. This Notice initiates a pleading cycle that would allow any affected provider to oppose such disclosure of Form 477 data.

Affected parties have until January 17, 2011 to oppose disclosure to NTIA of the Form 477 data that the FCC collects from broadband service providers. If the FCC receives no opposition from affected parties by that date, the FCC will disclose the information requested above to NTIA. Among the purposes of the SBDD Program is to assist state-designated eligible entities in gathering data twice a year on the availability, speed, and location of broadband services, as well as on the use of broadband services by community institutions, such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The FCC and NTIA will use data collected from state eligible entities in the SBDD Program to develop a comprehensive national inventory map of broadband service capability and availability, in fulfillment of NTIA's obligation under the ARRA. NTIA intends to use Form 477 broadband data as a baseline for comparison with the data collected by the eligible entity in each State pursuant to the SBDD Program and may include non-confidential Form 477 data in the National Broadband Map website.



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