19. In addition, the technology and residential/business breakdowns in this data set should help eligible entities carry out their non-mapping functions in sections 106(e)(1)-(9) of the BDIA, specifically with regard to identifying problems and barriers unique to certain technologies or to the residential market. With regard to geographical granularity, due to the importance in both the statute and the NOFA of identifying those geographical areas that lack broadband availability, we decline to aggregate geographically any of the Census-Tract information that we collect on Form 477. We find that the Census Tract is the appropriate level of granularity to assist in identifying areas where broadband service is or is not available.
20. Subscriber-Count Data--Data Set 2: Total Number of Terrestrial Mobile Wireless Broadband Subscribers per State by Residential/Business Classification. For each state, we will provide the total number of terrestrial mobile wireless (TMW) "broadband" subscribers, broken out by business/residential classification, and will aggregate all provider data and all speed tiers above 768 kbps downstream and 200 kbps upstream. We will not supply individual provider identities as part of this data set. This is the most geographically granular TMW subscribership data we collect. This information complements the information in Data Set 1, and will similarly assist eligible entities in carrying out non-mapping functions under sections 106(e)(1)-(9) of the BDIA.
21. Provider Data--Data Set 3: List, by Census Tract, of Wireline, Satellite and Terrestrial-Fixed Wireless Providers, Reporting at Least One Broadband Subscriber, Disaggregated According to NTIA NOFA Speed Breakpoint for "Underserved" and by Residential/Business Classification. The Commission will provide, for each Census Tract, a list of all wireline, TFW and satellite providers reporting at least one "broadband" subscriber in the Census Tract. We will also provide data indicating whether or not each provider reported at least one connection above 3 Mbps downstream as well as whether they reported at least one business connection, at least one residential connection or both.
22. Access to this data set will provide eligible entities with a tool useful in identifying broadband providers and broadband service availability in their respective states. This data set will thus assist eligible entities in creating a geographic inventory map of broadband service, as contemplated by section 106(e)(10). In particular, this data set will allow eligible entities to identify providers for whom they do not have data and assess the availability of service in an area. This data set can also help providers carry out several other activities funded under section 106(e), including the identification and tracking of possible suppliers of broadband services to areas that have low levels of broadband service deployment.
23. This data set can also inform eligible entities' identification of "underserved" Census Tracts, since an area is underserved if "ii) no fixed or mobile broadband service provider advertises broadband transmission speeds of at least three megabits per second (`mbps') downstream in the area." Specifically, where an eligible entity otherwise fails to find an advertised speed over 3 Mbps, the existence of a fixed subscriber at a tier above that speed would signal that further investigation is necessary, and the identity of the relevant provider would assist an eligible entity to locate any associated advertisement.
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