This is a reminder that the Form 477 Broadband Report is due September 1, 2020. Form 477 must be submitted by: (i) facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end-user locations; (ii) providers of wired or fixed wireless local exchange telephone service; (iii) providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service; and (iv) facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services. The data supplied must be current as of June 30, 2020.
Form 477 must be filed electronically, and should be submitted using the Form 477 interface at https://apps2.fcc.gov/form477/login.xhtml. Users can access the updated guide for this interface here. You can also find the instruction manual for completing Form 477 here.
As you may recall, in August 2019 the Commission adopted changes to the Form 477 data collection, which were first implemented in the March 2020 submissions. Certain additional changes were to be implemented for the September 2020 submissions, notably mobile providers were to submit broadband and voice subscriber data at the census-tract level based on the subscriber’s place of primary use for postpaid subscribers and based on the subscriber’s telephone number for prepaid and resold subscribers. However the FCC has since announced that this requirement will not become effective as a result of the Broadband DATA Act. Therefore, there are no additional reporting changes from the March 2020 submission. A flowchart of the relevant reporting changes, including this recent change, can be accessed here.
Further instructions, tutorials and information for using the Form 477 electronic filing system are available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/form-477-resources-filers.
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