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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC adopts data collection program to Assess Local Telecommunications
Competition and Broadband Deployment
Information to Assist Commission's Efforts to Further Deregulate Telecommunications
Markets and Determine State of Broadband Deployment
Information to Assist Commission's Efforts to Further Deregulate Telecommunications Markets and Determine State of Broadband Deployment
Washington, D.C. Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an information and data gathering questionnaire to determine the extent of local telecommunications competition and deployment of broadband services. The five-page questionnaire, which will be available for filing in an electronic format, will assist the Commission in its efforts to further implement the pro-competitive, deregulatory provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Additionally, the information collected will assist the Commission in its inquiry, as required by Congress, as to whether "advanced telecommunications capability" is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. The Commission recently initiated its second inquiry on this matter, Second Advanced Telecommunications Notice of Inquiry (FCC 00-57, released on February 18, 2000), and will use the information gathered from today's action in future broadband reports.
The Commission limits this fact-finding effort to targeted information, and is focused on gathering easily-quantifiable statistics that will reflect the level of service -- local telephony and broadband -- that is actually provided. All service providers will have the opportunity to request that information they submit be kept confidential. In addition, the Commission will release the data that it gathers in a manner that safeguards against the disclosure of confidential information. As described below, very small service providers are exempt from these reporting requirements. The Commission also adopts a sunset provision that will terminate the reporting requirement after five years, unless the Commission affirmatively acts to extend it.
Industry Outreach Campaign
The following is an overview of the data collection questionnaire:
CC Docket No.: 99-301
Common Carrier Bureau contacts: Scott Bergmann or Ellen Burton at 202-418-0940