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FCC Sunsets Form 477 for Broadband Deployment Data Collection Effective December 16, 2022

The FCC has sunset the Form 477 for reporting broadband deployment data effective as of December 16, 2022. Going forward, providers must use the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) filing system to report both subscription and availability data. Specifically, beginning with data as of December 31, 2022, providers must use the BDC system to submit: (1) […]

REMINDER: Hearing Aid Compatibility Certifications Due January 31, 2023 (Filing Window Opens Tuesday, January 3, 2023)

Wireless service providers (including de minimis wireless service providers) must file their annual Hearing Aid Compatibility Certifications with the FCC for the calendar year 2022 reporting period by January 31, 2023 (by midnight ET). The filing window will open Tuesday, January 3, 2023[1]. The FCC Form 855 certification and instructions can be found here. Service […]

FCC Recommends Submission of Challenges No Later Than January 13, 2023 Broadband Providers Encouraged to Review Broadband Availability Maps

The FCC has opened the window for broadband providers and other interested entities to submit challenges to the broadband mapping data. While the windows for submitting challenges to the broadband availability maps and Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (“Fabric”) will remain open on an ongoing and rolling basis, the FCC and NTIA are encouraging interested entities […]

FCC Adopts Final Requirements For Broadband Labels

On November 17, 2022, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted new rules that will require broadband providers to display easy-to understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. The labels resemble nutrition labels that appear on food products and must be prominently displayed and easily accessible to customers. The Report […]

FCC Announces Resources To Assist Filers With Bulk Fixed Broadband Availability Challenges

Virtual Technical Assistance Workshop on November 30, 4pm EST The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force (“Task Force”) has announced the availability of technical resources, including a November 30th workshop, to assist entities preparing to file bulk challenges to fixed broadband availability data as part of the Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”). The FCC will publish the […]

FCC To Release First Broadband Maps on November 18

On Friday, November 18, 2022, the FCC will unveil a pre-production draft of its new broadband maps following the September 1, 2022 deadline for data submission. The soon-to-be released maps will be generated by matching providers’ availability data to the location information in the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (“Fabric”). Following this first release, future updates […]

FY2022 Regulatory Fee Filing Deadline is Extended to Friday, September 30, 2022 for All Regulatory Fee Payors

The FCC has extended the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 regulatory fee filing deadline for all entities that are required to pay annual regulatory fees. The FCC is therefore extending the FY 2022 regulatory fee deadline date for all regulatory fee payors to 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 30, 2022.[1] In December 2021, the […]


Covered 911 Service Providers must file the 911 Reliability Certification with the FCC by October 17, 2022 via the FCC’s online system at: The 911 Reliability Certification System is now open for the annual filing. Failure to submit the required certification, or failure to submit the certification timely, may subject the provider to an […]

Fabric Bulk Challenge Process Underway Next Version of Fabric to Be Used for Next BDC Submission

Broadband service providers and other interested entities are now able to begin submitting challenges to the FCC’s current version of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (“Fabric”). Challenges may be submitted electronically and will be determined on a rolling basis, with no end date. At some point prior to December 31, 2022, the FCC will create […]

FCC Announces Start of Fabric Bulk Challenge Process Start Date for Challenge Process: September 12, 2022 FCC Webinar on Challenge Process: September 7, 2022, 2 pm EDT

On September 12, 2022, service providers, governments, and other entities can begin filing bulk challenges to data in the Broadband Serviceable Location (“BSL”) Fabric, which serves as the foundation for the Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”) fixed availability maps. These challenges will help refine the next version of the Fabric, which is expected to be released […]