FCC Form 477 Filing

In 2000 the FCC adopted a semi-annual reporting requirement to determine the extent of local telecommunications competition and deployment of broadband services.

In 2009 the FCC ordered broadband carriers to provide the agency with more detailed information. Information will now be collected and reported by census tract and up and download speed tiers.

The first reports were due 3/16/09.

FCC Form 477 collects information about broadband connections to end user locations, wired and wireless local telephone services, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, in individual states. Data obtained from this form will be used to describe the deployment of broadband infrastructure and competition to provide local telecommunications services.

Reports are due twice a year, March 1 (data as of 12/31) and September 1 (data as of 6/30)

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What is a Census Tract?
 A census tract is a small, fixed, statistical subdivision of a county defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.  There are several census tracts within a ZIPCode.

Who Must File?

  • Entities that are facility based providers
  • Providers of wired, fixed, and/or VoIP    local telephone services
  • Providers of mobile/WiFi services

What Are The Benefits of Filing?

  • Compliance with FCC regulations
  • Creates a penetration analysis for future marketing opportunities
  • Identifies capacity utilization
  • Profiles your customer base

What Can Kenton Group Do For You?

Geocode your subscriber data – Kenton Group will run a US Postal Address Standardization, this will standardize street name, city, state and zip. We then run geocoding, this puts the addresses into “Census Tracts” which is a requirement for the new reporting. We offer both a service option or in-house software options.

Complete the Form 477 Report– Your data is reported by upload and download speed tiers for every census tract. The Kenton Group provides this service for you or provides software to summarize your data in-house.

Analyze your subscriber penetration – understanding your subscriber penetration into markets provides better marketing opportunities to leverage your resources. The Kenton Group’s Competitive Broadband Edge (CBE) ® process provides a demographic profile of your subscribers and identifies other areas of opportunities for service.

Reporting Requirements

GEOCODING (Assigning census tract ID to an address) - Assigning a census tract ID to each address requires a tagging process where the subscriber’s address is compared to US Postal standards and then matched against like addresses which have been pre-processed with census tract IDs. The Kenton Group has the technology to perform this task as a service or providing you with an application which can be installed at your location and run internally. With potentially thousands of addresses to process, an automated process is required.

SUMMARIZING - Each census tract where a service is offered must be reported. Reporting requires summarizing the subscriber service information in the following matrix:

FORM 477 COMPLETION - The form will require several hours of staff time to complete after the initial geocoding process has finished. The Kenton Group can assist with the completion of the form, insuring full compliance with the FCC regulations.

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