FCC Form 477 Aggregate Data Sharing with Eligible Entities -- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs are added and may be updated from time to time, so each item is dated with the most recent update.
These FAQs are provided to clarify certain aspects of Form 477 data
sharing for state-designated mapping grant recipients (“eligible
entities”). They are not a substitute for the requirements in
Entities Aggregate Form 477 Data Order, but are
intended to provide guidance in determining how to comply with those
requirements. Eligible Entities with questions not addressed by
that order or in these FAQs may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Regarding the provision in para. 42 of the Order (which provides that, once loaded into a computer, the files containing aggregated data shall be password protected immediately), is it sufficient to implement password protection on the device(s) used to access the data, or is there a separate requirement to password protect the files?
Because the Order expressly requires password protection for
the files, mere reliance on password protection for the computer does
not appear to be sufficient. (last updated:
June 8, 2010)
2. May the aggregated data be stored on a networked
computer provided that the files containing the data are not
copied, or does the Order require that the aggregated
data be stored on an off-network PC?
The Order bars storage of the aggregated data
in computer memory that is copied, such as to a network’s back-up
or archival storage. It does not expressly require that the aggregated
data be stored on an off-network PC. (last updated: June 8, 2010)
3. Does the analysis that makes use of the
aggregated data have to be stored on a mobile data storage medium,
or can it be stored on a networked computer (provided it is not
Paragraph 42c of the Order provides, “After the analysis
is complete, the results of such analysis may be stored by saving
the results (but not the underlying aggregate data) to a mobile data
storage medium…” (emphasis added). Thus, the Order does
not appear to bar storing the analysis on a networked or stand-alone
computer in the same manner that the underlying aggregate data is stored. (last
updated: June 8, 2010)