High Cost

Filing Geolocated Broadband Deployment Data


Carriers participating in modernized Connect America programs must file deployment data with USAC's HUBB (High Cost Universal Broadband) portal showing where they are building out mass-market, high-speed internet service by precise location. This information includes latitude and longitude coordinates for every location where service is available, and USAC will eventually display this information on a public-facing map to show the impact of Connect America funding on broadband expansion throughout rural America.

The HUBB portal is accessible through USAC's E-File system. Once you are logged in, click on "HUBB" on the left-hand navigation panel. If you have permissions to file the Form 481, you will have the same permissions to file data through HUBB portal (e.g., user, officer, general contact). Users and general contacts can upload, validate, and save data. Officers can perform all of those functions as well as certify locations.

Extension of HUBB Filing Deadlines

On February 24, 2017, the FCC released an Order (1) temporarily extending the March 1, 2017, HUBB portal filing deadline for Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II carriers and Connect America Fund-Broadband Loop Support (CAF-BLS) recipients, and (2) clarifying the HUBB portal filing obligations for Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) recipients with respect to "pre-existing" locations.

As a result of this order, the first HUBB filing deadline for Phase II carriers will be July 1, 2017, and the first HUBB filing deadline for CAF-BLS and A-CAM recipients will be March 1, 2018.

Pursuant to the Order:

  1. CAF Phase II carriers must file locations deployed in 2016 by July 1, 2017.
  2. CAF BLS recipients must file locations deployed between May 25, 2016 (the effective date of the Rate-of-Return Reform Order) and December 31, 2016, by March 1, 2018.
  3. A-CAM recipients must file locations deployed in 2016 and earlier ( "pre-existing locations") by March 1, 2019. (The FCC's earlier public notice stated that pre-existing locations for A-CAM recipients included locations deployed in 2015 and earlier.) As the rules currently require, A-CAM recipients must file locations deployed in 2017 by March 1, 2018.

Collecting Location Data

To help you prepare your data, we have created Geolocation Methods: A guide to successfully collecting broadband deployment data. This guide describes three methods for gathering geographic coordinates, with the pros and cons of each approach. You can use any method or combination of methods to gather the correct geographic coordinates for the locations you serve or could serve. Accurate data is the key to filing successfully with the HUBB portal.

Check Your Data with the Data Validator Tool

Once you have collected and organized your data, you can check its accuracy before officially submitting it to the HUBB portal by uploading it to USAC's data validator. The data validator identifies records that the HUBB portal would accept and flags any records that contain issues you may need to correct. The tool checks for errors such as missing data fields, improper formatting, faulty latitude or longitude coordinates, and locations in areas that are not eligible for support from certain funds. The validator does not store any data.

Check your data

Please be aware that:

  • In checking for errors, the data validator currently flags locations ineligible for support with CAF Phase II funding, A-CAM (model-based support under the Rate-of-Return Order) and CAF-BLS (modified legacy support under the Rate-of-Return Order).
  • Some validations are fund-specific, including validations of deployment dates and deployment in areas eligible for support.
  • The data validator does not check for duplicate locations but the HUBB portal does.
  • Any data checked by the data validator could still be subject to additional validations in the HUBB portal or in future versions of the data validator tool. Any data filed with the HUBB portal may also be subject to further review for compliance purposes.

Your Input Made a Difference

USAC has been designing and developing the HUBB portal with your needs in mind.

HUBB Design Input

We have conducted a comprehensive outreach campaign, meeting with carriers, consultants, engineers, and other stakeholders who will file data with the HUBB portal. We held multiple focus groups, conducted site visits, did extensive user prototype testing, participated in industry conferences and trade shows, held more than two dozen stakeholder meetings and briefings, and conducted a survey. The input we gathered is informing the design of this new portal.

Based on the feedback we received, we have included the following features in the HUBB portal:

  • Bulk upload capability (i.e. CSV format)
  • One-file upload for multiple study area codes
  • Option to submit part of a filing, even if other parts contain errors
  • Output of a machine-readable issues log that can be ingested into third-party systems to automatically parse consistent error codes

We appreciate the time and effort so many of you have devoted to help ensure that this is a success. Thank you!

Stay Informed

USAC is here to help you navigate these changes successfully. We will provide updates on this page, through the HUBB portal email distribution list, and through other ongoing communications with stakeholders. For regular updates, please sign up for the HUBB portal email distribution list, entitled "High Cost Detailed HUBB Updates," in the USAC's Subscription Center.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us via email.