"ACA and its members were willing to report the data being sought by the Commission," said ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka, "but there was a limit to how much of a burden small and mid-sized operators could bear. We are pleased that the form is now available online, and the Commission has seen fit to grant operators more time."
FCC Form 477 collects data on local telephone and broadband Internet access lines from providers on a semi-annual basis (usually, on March 1 and September 1). Data obtained from this form is used to describe the deployment of broadband infrastructure and competition to provide local telecommunications services.
For the first time, Form 477 can only be submitted to the Commission electronically. Moreover, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers must file, and broadband subscribership information must be reported by census tract.
In its February 10 filing, ACA asked the Commission to consider an extension for broadband and telephone providers to submit the new Form 477. The Association argued for the extension in subsequent meetings with the Office of Acting Chairman Copps and Commissioner McDowell.
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