Carriers participating in modernized Connect America Fund programs must file broadband deployment data with USAC's HUBB (High Cost Universal Broadband) portal showing where they are building out mass-market, high-speed Internet service. This information includes latitude and longitude coordinates for every location where service is available, and is the foundation for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Map, which shows the impact of CAF support on broadband expansion in 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. Users and agents can upload, validate, and save data. Officers can perform all of those functions as well as certify locations.
Carriers participating in the following funds have until March 1, 2019 to file geolocation data for locations deployed in 2018:
Please note that carriers that did not deploy any locations in 2018 must still log into the HUBB and certify "no locations to upload" by March 1, 2019.
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.
USAC has been designing and developing the HUBB portal with your needs in mind.
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:
We appreciate the time and effort so many of you have devoted to help ensure that this is a success. Thank you!
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.