JSI Encourages Early Preparedness for the 2021 Broadband Location Data Filing

Consider Reviewing Your Geocoded Data for Accuracy

As the end of construction season and the year fast approach, now is a good time to review your HUBB reporting status and determine the dataset you will file for the March 1, 2021 HUBB filing. A-CAM II and CAF-BLS companies should be aware of the additional HUBB reporting requirements for this filing only. In addition to the requirement to report broadband locations deployed in 2020, A-CAM II companies can report deployment of locations made prior to 2019. CAF-BLS companies can report any broadband locations deployed between May 25, 2016 and December 31, 2018. This is the only opportunity for companies receiving A-CAM II and CAF-BLS support to report locations deployed prior to 2019, and all filers must be aware that the HUBB will only accept geocoded location data with a date that falls in the reporting period for your funding category.

Although the HUBB reporting deadline is not until March 1, 2021, JSI recommends that you start the process of collecting and uploading your data now so that you can address any potential issues early. You can prepare by reviewing USAC’s guide on HUBB data formatting instructions, as well as error codes to use for revising your previously-filed HUBB data if it is determined that revisions are needed.

Companies that have been filing the HUBB for several years may want to consider undertaking a thorough review of mapping their previously-filed locations to check for accuracy, especially as the first milestone certification for A-CAM I will be due with the 2020 data on March 1, 2021. Mapping and geocoding techniques have gotten better each year, which enables more accurate reporting going forward and the ability to correct data that has already been filed.

To request assistance with evaluating existing HUBB data for geocode accuracy, or any questions about mapping HUBB locations, contact Paul Nesenson in our Minnesota office at 651-691-4045. If you need assistance or have questions regarding HUBB reporting requirements, please contact Lans Chase at 770-569-2105.