FCC Makes BDC Fabric Available and Opens Portal Early to Allow Entering of Identifying Information

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The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force, Wireline Competition Bureau, and Office of Economics and Analytics have announced that the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric, to be used in the upcoming Broadband Data Collection, is now available for broadband service providers and governmental entities to access.  To access the fabric, service providers may email CostQuest at nbfsupport@costquest.com to complete an online form and license agreement with CostQuest.  Those service providers that were able to access the preliminary version of the fabric will not need to execute a new license agreement.  Governmental entities must access the fabric in a different way, by going directly through the BDC system to be approved and then gain access to the fabric directly from CostQuest.

The Task Force also announced that fixed and mobile broadband providers and other filers of broadband data may obtain early access to certain portions of the BDC filing system in order to enter identifying information in advance of the window opening on June 30, 2022.  The BDC system is accessible at https://bdc.fcc.gov/.

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