High Cost

Filing Geolocated Broadband Deployment Data

The HUBB Portal

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.

HUBB Filing Deadlines

Carriers participating in the following funds have until March 1, 2018 to file latitude and longitude coordinates for all broadband locations newly deployed or upgraded during the following periods:

  • Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II: locations deployed in 2017
  • Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM): locations deployed in 2017
  • Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE): locations deployed in 2017
  • Alaska Plan: wireline end-user locations deployed in 2017 (and 2016 on an optional basis), as well as all existing middle-mile node locations and associated shape files. Note that Alaska Plan carriers with individualized performance plans that only require them to maintain service at existing levels are not required to file wireline end-user locations in the HUBB.
  • Connect America Fund-Broadband Loop Support (CAF-BLS): locations deployed between May 25, 2016 (the effective date of the Rate-of-Return Reform Order) and December 31, 2017. Note that carriers participating in CAF-BLS that are 80 percent or more deployed at 10/1 (delivering download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 1 megabit per second) based on their 2015 Form 477 filings do not have to report deployment data through the HUBB portal.

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.

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.