FCC Announces 3rd Party Access to BDC Fabric

On November 15, 2022, the Broadband Data Task Force released a Public Notice announcing that stakeholders may obtain a license for the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (“Fabric”) Data for use in preparing and submitting challenges the Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”).  To access the Fabric data, stakeholders must register in CORES, log into the BDC system, and execute a limited end-user license agreement for the Fabric.  Some entities may be required to provide an explanation of how their use will comport with BDC purposes and how they are involved in issues around broadband availability.  More information is available at: https://help.bdc.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/articles/10419121200923-How-Entities-Can-Access-the-Location-Fabric-.

The Notice also announces that the Task Force has released a Method Manual that describes the biannual Fabric development process, including an overview of the Fabric data model and terminology, the mechanics of the Fabric production, and the output files provided to users.  The manual is available through the CostQuest Help Center and at the Broadband Data Collection webpage at https://www.fcc.gov/BroadbandData/resources.

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