In March 2000, the FCC adopted a semi-annual reporting requirement (FCC Form 477) to determine the extent of local telecommunications competition and deployment of broadband services. Reporting was previously done on a ZIP code basis, but changes made June 15, 2008 FCC now require broadband carriers to provide the agency with more detailed information. Under the new regulations, information will be collected and reported by Census Tract. In addition, FCC now requires carriers to report their broadband coverage by up and download speed based on tiers. First reports were due March 1, 2009 and are updated and re-submitted every 6 months thereafter.
Carriers who willfully fail to report can be subject to a fine of not more than $500 for every day during which the offense occurs.
RATA Associates has been the leading provider of software and Compliance-grade geocoding to the banking industry for over 31 years. The Comply Suite of products has had helped banks and mortgage companies reduce the time, cost and compliance burdens associated with compliance reporting. Using the same proven technology platform all Broadband carriers will soon be able to automate the FCC Form 477 requirements with the FCC Form 477 Geocoding services.
FCC Form 477 Geocoding is processed using state-of-the-art software that utilizes Microsoft's latest .NET and SQL Server platforms. The FCC Form 477 Geocoding service enables Broadband entities to effortlessly import all required data, geocode all addresses down to the Census Tract level, create appropriate reports by state and e-file! We can also produce detailed management reports, charts and graphs and custom maps as needed.
We've worked with many broadband carriers and telecommunications providers across the country. Contact us today to find out how we've helped them and to see what we can do for you!