UPDATE: August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Announces Comment Deadlines for Proposed Changes to Broadband Data Collection
On August 24, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) published in the Federal Register its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that explores ways to improve the value of data, collected on FCC Form 477, regarding the availability of mobile and fixed broadband and other communications services, and to identify and eliminate unnecessary or overly-burdensome filing requirements. The FNPRM proposes numerous changes to data collection for mobile and fixed services as well as ancillary logistical issues related to the Form 477 – for a more detailed overview of these proposals, see our previous blog post. Federal Register publication starts the clock on the comment cycle for the item. Initial comments on the FNPRM will be due on September 25, 2017, and reply comments will be due on October 10, 2017.