CAF and RDOF reporting solution
Reporting compliance with Connect America Funding (CAF) and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)
SamKnows Performance Check
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have the programs Connect America Fund (CAF) and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which provide funding to ISPs to extend broadband services to hard-to-reach areas of the country. ISPs that accept this funding must ensure that the broadband service they provide meets certain speed and latency requirements. We have a fully compliant solution that is quick to implement; it collects all the data you need for your Form 499 submission.
Current data access
Currently, it is likely you receive your broadband performance data just prior to the submission deadline. The not-knowing if your data will show your broadband is meeting the set requirements can leave you anxious, and wondering if you’ll be penalised.
Instant data access
Our product gives you access to your broadband performance data whenever you want. After all, knowledge is power.
Easier for you
Our product will run tests and compare results to set requirements. And to make things easier for you, we generate the data in the Universal Services Administration Company (USAC) compliant format.
How our service works
There are several ways to integrate our service. You can either integrate our Router Agent into your existing CPE (we have already integrated into several different CPE contact us to find out more), or your customers can use an off the shelf Plume device which has our Agent pre-installed, or use a panel of SamKnows Whiteboxes.
Pre-Testing windows will run continuously throughout the reporting period, adding new units as they come online. We run testing throughout the quarter, so you never miss a week of valid testing.
Our service will run upload, download and latency tests hosted on a private server, at an approved FCC location or on-net server for certain geographies.
Our data analysts will run regular reports on your data to make sure your submissions will be successful. We also work hard to ensure that the reporting adheres to the strict requirements and that measurements are performed in a consistent way, to avoid unnecessary failed submissions.
Support if results are below expectation
Existing clients are typically provided a data-complete USAC submission 2-3 weeks into the quarter. If your results don’t show you have the required amount of data, our team can help provide insights to help you resolve these issues quickly, and support you until you have a USAC-ready report.
Get peace of mind
So why wait to get your data? With SamKnows, you can be confident your broadband is delivering as expected well in advance of the quarterly submission date. And if you aren’t delivering as expected, the SamKnows Platform will identify this and help you get to a resolution faster.
Additional Quality of Experience metrics our Agents can monitor for you
As an added bonus, our Test Agents give you access to the full SamKnows measurement functionality, including our entire QoE and QoS test suite, giving you visibility into the end-to-end performance of your network and your customers' experience too.
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