Using Speed Data to Challenge State Maps [Whitepaper]

Posted by John Sarkis on Aug 3, 2023 1:36:03 PM

As the disbursement of Broadband Expansion and Deployment (BEAD) funds to states is underway, eligible entities, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), counties, and other organizations, are actively formulating plans to secure and allocate these resources to promote digital equity.

You can download our new whitepaper at the bottom of this blog post. 

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Topics: BEAD, Broadband Mapping

ATS Unveils The Event Storage & Analytics Platform (ESAP)

Posted by John Sarkis on Jul 11, 2023 12:30:00 PM

July 11, 2023 – FRANKLIN, TN –Advanced Technologies & Services unveiled an innovative new platform called the Event Storage & Analytics Platform (ESAP)® today. ESAP has been designed as a robust data warehouse and advanced analytics solution tailored to meet the demands of service providers handling a large amount of Call Detail Records (CDRs).

Through the application of state-of-the-art analytics techniques, ESAP® effectively uncovers patterns, trends, and correlations that often-times lie dormant within service providers' data repositories. By delving deep into the wealth of CDRs, telecommunication companies can acquire a better understanding of their customers, operations, and the dynamics of the market. This valuable knowledge empowers them to make informed decisions, adapt to changing circumstances, and effectively navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the industry.

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Topics: BEAD, Broadband Mapping

How to Gather 100% Accurate Speed Data of Anchor Institutions in Your County

Posted by John Sarkis on May 17, 2023 11:15:00 AM

Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) have been inaccurately reflected in many broadband service maps, which can create barriers for counties and ISPs to receive the correct funding for these institutions.

This was a significant problem with the initial FCC Fabric map, with many anchor institutions appearing as grey due to the FCC determining that most schools, libraries, and medical care facilities, are more likely to subscribe to customized, enterprise-grade internet service (as opposed to mass-market internet service), and therefore are not Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSL).

The recently proposed NTIA State Challenge Model aims to address data inaccuracies of CAIs, with the introduction of a challenge allowing any CAI labeled as receiving 1 Gigabit service and as 'served' to contest this designation if their actual speeds are slower, which would classify them as 'unserved' and eligible for funding. 

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Topics: BEAD, Broadband Mapping

The Mapping Dilemma: How Can States Ensure They Get The Best 'Bang For Their Buck'?

Posted by John Sarkis on Apr 5, 2023 11:31:52 AM

States are developing strategies to allocate the funding they receive from the BEAD program, which has a total budget of $42.5 billion to cover some of the costs of deploying broadband in unserved rural areas. However, this is complicated by concerns about the accuracy of the FCC National Broadband Map. Although the federal map will serve as the basis for allocating funds to each state from the BEAD program, states have the liberty to decide whether they wish to use the federal map for dispensing funds to relevant recipients or use other methods that utilize internal data. 

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Topics: Broadband, BEAD, Broadband Mapping