OpenVault Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Support Initiative
OpenVault, a global provider of industry analytics and SaaS technology solutions for broadband operators, is supporting wider availability of high-speed internet services through a turnkey initiative that simplifies participation in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
OpenVault is leveraging its data, analytics and reporting capabilities to provide the information necessary for operators’ auditing purposes. Using its cloud-based solutions that deliver visibility into network traffic and subscriber usage at a granular level, OpenVault offers EBB reporting capabilities that include individual:
- MAC Addresses
- Billing Accounts
- Upstream, downstream and total usage by month
- A data repository providing multiple years of history
Instituted to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emergency Broadband Benefit program allows eligible households to receive a discount of up to $50 per month one broadband service. Recipients are limited to one monthly service discount and a one-device/one-time discount of up to $100 per household. It is estimated that more than 35 million households are eligible for the program.
“Operators need a way to streamline collection of the information that is needed for participation in this program that can provide Emergency Broadband Benefits to so many in need,” said Josh Barstow, OpenVault chief revenue officer. “Data is what we do: using the tools that already help our customers provide better experiences for subscribers, we can quickly and accurately deliver everything that’s needed to fulfill the mandates of EBB and deliver better broadband access to those in need.”