USAC’s Open Data
In response to the FCC MOU and program modernization orders, USAC has implemented an enterprise-wide Open Data strategy based on a FedRAMP Open Data platform. This allows us to make our data open and accessible to our stakeholders and to the general public.
USAC currently offers datasets for the High Cost, Lifeline, and E-rate programs. Click the “Open Data” button to access our datasets.
What is Open Data?
Open data is a set of practices, approaches, and principles that organizations use to make data sets available in an equitable and reliable way. Data can then be freely used, re-used, and redistributed by anyone. USAC’s goals are to:
- provide high-value data sets for USAC stakeholders,
- increase accessibility of these data sets, using industry standard practices, and
- work collaboratively with partners to make best use of these data.
USAC stakeholders currently use data generated by USAC’s processes. For example, carriers, academics, consultants, think tanks, and government agencies use these data in a variety of ways to track the progress of applications, identify opportunities for improvement, and measure our collective progress in providing connectivity service to all Americans.
The following datasets have been included on the USAC Open Data platform:
- Schools and Libraries
- FCC Form 471 (7 collections)
- FRN Status (added to FRN collection)
- Search Commitments (added to FRN collection)
- FCC Form 498 (added to FRN collection)
- FCC Form 486 (added to FRN collection)
- FCC Form 470 (4 collections)
- Entity Information
- Annex Information
- High Cost
- Connect America Fund Broadband Map (CAF Map)
- Companies Near Me
Open Data Governance
Our approach to opening USAC’s data is based on solid data governance processes and aims to make USF data more accessible through the following steps:
- Identify high-value datasets: Choosing datasets that provide our internal and external stakeholders with the data they need.
- Program staff, General Council, and FCC check-in: Verifying that no PII or sensitive information is going to be published.
- Define metadata: Building a robust cache of ancillary content which allows internal and external stakeholders to understand the data.
- Conduct analysis: Crafting visualizations, tools, and analyses that bring the datasets to life.
- Connect data: Connecting the datasets from our reporting systems to the Open Data platform.
- Test data: Testing to make sure that everything went as planned.
- Publish data: Posting the data to an FCC data sharing environment and, following FCC approval, publishing it on our Open Data platform.
- Communicate: Ensuring USF stakeholders know of, and have access to, the published data, while soliciting and receiving feedback.
Other Data Retrieval Tools
You can find our current data retrieval tools on the following pages:
- Schools and Libraries Program search tools
- High Cost Program search tools
- Lifeline Program search tools
- RHC Telecommunications Program search tools
- RHC HCF Program search tools
In late 2015, USAC established an open data working group to accelerate its open data practices and make data sets more easily accessible using industry standards.
As we open additional data sets, we will be requesting your comment regarding your needs. This page will be updated as USAC continues to develop and roll-out its Open Data strategy.
For More Information
Contact our Open Data team with your questions at email.