December 1, 2023 – The FCC has extended, for three additional filing cycles, its waiver allowing broadband providers to use qualified engineers who are not certified Professional Engineers (PEs) to certify their Broadband Data Collection (BDC) filings. This statement regarding the waiver extension order may be attributed to ACA Connects President and CEO Grant Spellmeyer:
“ACA Connects commends the FCC for extending its waiver that allows broadband providers to rely on qualified in-house engineers to certify their BDC filings. As ACA Connects explained in its comments to the FCC, this action will enable smaller broadband providers to continue to make timely, complete, and accurate filings without incurring unnecessary burdens.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 500 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, video, and phone services covering 23 million customers, 6 million of which are located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. ACA Connects Members operate in every state, providing advanced communications to connect homes, companies, main street, schools, hospitals and more. America’s economic prosperity in smaller communities and rural areas depends on the growth and success of ACA Connects Members, who believe a connected nation is a prosperous nation.