Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it intends to release a pre-production draft of its new broadband data maps on Friday, November 18, 2022, as part of its Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program.
Notably, in today’s announcements, the FCC also outlined the challenge processes that members of the public, service providers, businesses, and governmental entities – including state, local, and tribal governments – will be able to use to dispute the accuracy of the FCC’s new draft maps.
According to the FCC, after its draft maps have been published, consumers will be able to search for their addresses and request corrections to the broadband availability and location information contained in the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (Fabric) through the map interface itself. Service providers and government agencies, on the other hand, will continue to file bulk challenges to correct inaccurate availability data through the BDC system.
In response to today’s announcements, and to ensure that all interested parties have the information that they need to successfully navigate this challenge process, JSI plans to hold an in-depth webinar on this topic, entitled “Rising to the Challenge: Understanding the FCC’s Broadband Map Challenge Process,” on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 2:00 pm (ET).
During our webinar program, the JSI team will guide attendees through each step of this challenge process, carefully explaining, among other things, how to file challenges as well as responses. In addition to these procedural matters, our webinar panelists will help providers better understand the relevant strategies and timeframes that will be involved here.
Additional information about this upcoming webinar, including details on how to register, will be provided in a formal program announcement in the coming days. In the meantime, we strongly encourage all interested parties to mark your calendars.