How to Complete the Entity Information Page: Other Entities

To start the Entity Information process, select “Other” from the “Select Entity Type” drop-down menu. Based on your selection, the page will display the required fields for the Entity Type. All fields must be filled out unless they are specifically marked as “optional”.

Website URL

Enter the URL that your Entity uses to conduct primary business. This should be a valid domain name that ends in .com, .net, etc., and it must use a valid internet protocol (http:// or https://). If your Entity does not have a website, then click the checkbox to confirm that.

Type of Data Submitting

Select at least one of the two available reasons that your Other Entity is using the BDC system. You may also select both options.

  • Broadband Availability Data - Select this option if your Entity will be uploading Availability Data in the form of polygon or location-based files.
  • Bulk Challenge Data - Select this option if your Entity plans to file Challenge Data against Service Provider(s).

Note:  If you are an Other Entity accessing the system for the first time, your Entity Information will be submitted to the FCC. The Commission must approve your request to submit Broadband Availability Data and/or Bulk Challenge Data in order for your Entity to have access to the Broadband Data Collection application. If your FRN is Rejected for any reason, a red banner will display on the Entity Information page notifying you of the reason for your Entity’s rejection.



Fill out in the box the entity’s role in and responsibility for mapping or measuring broadband.

Click “Save and Continue”. Then proceed to fill out information for the “Contacts” box.


“Other” Entities are required to submit the information for the following individuals associated with BDC filings:

  • Data Contact- The Data Contact should be able to answer questions from FCC staff about the data. You may always specify a different Data Contact when certifying a submission.
  • Certifying Official - Enter the default contact information for the official whose signature certifies the validity of information contained in a submission. You may specify a different certifying official contact for each submission.
    • You will also be required to enter address information for the Certifying Official Contact. If necessary, select the “International Address” option to enter an address outside of the United States.
  • Certifying Engineer – If you choose the option to submit Broadband Availability Data, you must enter information for a Certifying Engineer. Enter the default contact information for the certified professional engineer or corporate engineering officer who has direct knowledge of, or responsibility for, generating the Availability Data (and Supporting Data). This individual must certify that he or she has checked the information in the submission for accuracy and found it in accordance with the entity's ordinary course of network design and engineering.

You can add contacts via the Contacts section. Select the “Add Contact” button and enter in the contact’s information including name, title, email address, and phone number – see below.

If the contact is a certifying official, then the checkbox can be selected. You will then be required to enter the Certifying Official's address information. Click Save. The contact’s information is then added into the “All Contacts” at the top of the page.

You can then assign the contact via the “Contact Type” section lower on the page, as shown below. Select the drop down for each type and choose the appropriate contact name for that type. Click Save.

You can then select the “Submissions Dashboard” link to proceed to the Submissions Dashboard page to create a submission.

Entity Information and Contacts Updates 

Every 180 days, your entity information must be updated. If you have not updated your “Entity Information” and “Contacts” in the BDC system during this time, a red warning icon will appear under Action Required in your Entity Selection page, as shown below.

In addition, a message will appear in your “Entity Information” and “Contacts” boxes of the Entity Information page that an update is required. Please review the information and update as necessary, then click Save.

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