September 23, NRECA filed comments
with the FCC in support of its initiative to
collect more granular data on broadband deployment. Improved data
collection will lead to a more complete and accurate depiction of broadband
availability, especially in rural areas, and allow for better targeting of
limited federal resources to address unserved and underserved areas.
NRECA supports the requirement for fixed service providers “to submit broadband
coverage polygons depicting the areas where they actually have
broadband-capable networks and make fixed broadband service available to
end-user locations.” Further, NRECA supports the Commission’s
definition of “actually available” as meaning that there is a current broadband
connection or a connection could be provided within ten business days, and
provided at a reasonable cost to connect service.