February 22, 2021

FCC To Tackle Broadband Data and Maps

A new broadband data task force is being tasked with implementing improvements to the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband data and mapping tools, the FCC announced last week.

Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC acting chairwoman, named Jean Kiddoo as chair of task force, which will also include Chelsea Fallon as senior implementation officer and C. Sean Spivey as senior counsel.  Fallon is data division chief in the FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics and has led the Broadband DATA Act implementation. Spivey is FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau assistant chief.

According to the FCC, the task force will coordinate the regulator’s broadband mapping and data collection tasks across the Office of Economics and Analytics, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Wireline Competition Bureau, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, International Bureau, Office of Engineering and Technology, and Office of the Managing Director.

“The Broadband Data Task Force will lead a cross-agency effort to collect detailed data and develop more precise maps about broadband availability,” Rosenworcel said in a prepared statement.  “I thank Jean and her team for their willingness to take on this vitally important project.”

“I am honored that Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel has asked me to lead this momentous and multifaceted Commission initiative,” said Kiddoo, who will also continue to serve as chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force.