Thursday, January 22, 2009

The New 477 form

From COMPTEL about the new form 477 about Broadband data:

As you know, FCC Form 477 covering the period June 30, 2008 through December 31, 2008, is due to be filed March 1, 2009. The proposed revised form, which has not yet been approved by OMB, calls for broadband providers to report the number of subscribers in individual census tracts (as opposed to the zip codes in which service is provided). In the alternative, if a provider can show significant hardship in reporting the census data, it may report a list of services addresses or GIS coordinates of service, along with the speed and technology of service offered at each address, as well as whether the subscriber is business or residential.

I wanted to remind everyone of this upcoming change in reporting requirements and make sure that your companies have taken steps to either enable reporting by census tracts or be prepared to provide service address information for all of your broadband customers.

A copy of the proposed revisions to the Form 477 that the FCC has submitted to OMB is available at Because there may not be much time before the form is approved and the due date of March 1, it would be a good idea to get familiar with it now.

This link to the Census and this link to the Census Track data.

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