Entities, including, state, local, and tribal governmental entities, and service providers, can also submit bulk challenges, which are challenges with respect to multiple locations. To submit a bulk challenge, follow these steps:
There are three options:
According to the BDC Bulk Fixed Challenge Data Specifications (PDF), published by the FCC on November 17, 2022:
A “Knowledge of Infrastructure” challenge could be based on knowledge of where network facilities and plant exist. This knowledge could be based on, for example, local building permit records, rights-of-way records, franchise agreements or an on-the-ground examination of broadband infrastructure in a particular structure. The second methodology option would be based on information collected from individual consumers about the broadband services available, and not available, to them. If the bulk fixed challenge data is based on a methodology other than these two options, then the filer should choose “Other.”
The information required will vary depending on the methodology chosen.
It must be one of the following codes:
The FCC identifies nine codes for a bulk fixed availability challenge on page 8 of the BDC Bulk Fixed Challenge Data Specifications (PDF).
The value must be one of the these codes:
The value may not be 8 or 9 unless the technology value is:
Bulk challengers must submit:
This is a brief overview of the process. For details, refer to the latest BDC Bulk Fixed Challenge Data Specifications (PDF).
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