Broadband Data Reporting Reform Docket

Commpliance Group Files Comments in Form 477
Broadband Data Reporting Reform Docket;
Implores FCC to Require USAC to Partner with
Private Sector Expert to Administer Program

In recently filed Comments in the FCC’s Form 477 Broadband Data reporting reform proceeding,
Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC’s consulting affiliate, The Commpliance Group (“TCG”), encouraged
the FCC to reshape the state of national broadband data reporting and mapping to better suit the
needs of both providers and consumers of broadband services.  According to TCG, the FCC is in a
natural position to coordinate the different sources of broadband mapping information and the
different entities seeking access to it through rules implementing Digital Opportunity Data
.  From 2010 to 2015, the FCC collaborated with the Commerce Department and the
State Broadband Initiative (“SBI”) to create a standardized national broadband map with census
integration.  TCG urged the FCC to return to this prior federal-state cooperative model.

The proposed Digital Opportunity Data Collection will have great value because no other entity is in
a position to consolidate disparate broadband data sources and organize it to fit disparate business
and consumer needs. Commission collection of detailed geographic information, reliability, adoption
rates, and other metrics will meet the often-competing requirements of the many different types of
broadband providers and oversight groups.  The creation of a public, transparent GIS-based
broadband location map will have great benefits for the industry as a whole.

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