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FCC Clarifies and Issues a Limited Waiver of the Engineering Certification Requirement for the Broadband Data Collection Filing | Moss Adams Alert – July 11, 2022
On July 8th, the FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force released a Declaratory Ruling and Limited Waiver regarding the requirement that a qualified engineer certify the accuracy of a broadband service provider’s submissions in the Broadband Data Collection (BDC). The Ruling/Waiver responds to a petition filed by the Competitive Carriers Association seeking clarification that BDC filings may be certified by either a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or an otherwise-qualified engineer that is not a licensed PE. (Subscribe for more information)
FCC Announces Availability of Production Version of Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric for Broadband Data Collection and Access to BDC System for Registration | Moss Adams Alert – June 23, 2022
The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force has announced that the production version of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric that will be used for the initial Broadband Data Collection (BDC) is now available for broadband service providers to access. The Fabric is a common dataset of all locations in the United States where fixed broadband internet access service can be installed. The Fabric is a key component of the BDC because it will serve as the foundation on which fixed broadband providers’ availability data will be overlaid. Broadband availability data as of June 30, 2022, can be submitted in the BDC beginning on June 30, 2022, and initial filings are due no later than September 1, 2022. (Subscribe for more information)
FCC Extends Waiver Pausing the Phase-Out of Lifeline Support for Voice-Only Service and the Increase in Lifeline Minimum Service Standards for Mobile Broadband Data Capacity | Moss Adams FCC Report – July 2022
On July 1st, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order extending its waiver of the phase-out of Lifeline support for voice-only services for one additional year, until December 1, 2023. Without this waiver, the $5.25 per month support for services that meet only the voice minimum service standard would be eliminated in most areas on December 1, 2022. The Order also extends for an additional year the waiver of the increase in Lifeline minimum service standards for mobile broadband data capacity. Absent the waiver, the minimum service standard for mobile broadband data capacity would increase from 4.5 GB to 6.5 GB per month. (Subscribe for more information)
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