New Report Explores Public-Private Partnerships for Broadband

public-private partnerships The Institute for Self-Reliance has published a strategic guide and case study analysis on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Broadband.  Written by Patrick Lucey and Christopher Mitchell, the report considers the role PPPs can play in communities with broadband infrastructure needs.  While building a municipally owned network has been successful for some communities, a PPP is often more feasible for others. Partnerships not only serve the underserved, but can also encourage larger national providers into an area. Continue reading

2016 Global Information Technology Report Describes 4th Industrial Revolution

Global Information Technology ReportThe 16th Annual Global Information Technology Report (GITR) was recently published by the World Economic Forum, INSEAD, and Cornell University.  The 2016 report, with the theme “Innovating in the Digital Economy,” heralds the coming of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and calls Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) the backbone of the revolution.   Continue reading

FCC Approves 5G Spectrum Order In Coordination with White House Campaign

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to pass the Spectrum Frontiers Order at its most recent open commission meeting on July 14.  Spectrum Frontiers will allocate spectrum for 5G wireless and fixed broadband networks.  On July 15, the White House announced a corresponding 5G wireless research effort to spark testing and research. Continue reading

NTIA Seeks Comment on Community Connectivity Self-Assessment Tool

ntia community connectivityThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is asking for comment on its Proposed Framework for the Community Connectivity Self-Assessment Tool.  Details about the Self-Assessment Tool were published to the Federal Register on June 28, 2016.  The tool covers four main categories: 1) Broadband Access and Assets; 2) Digital Inclusion and Skills; 3) Policy and Funding; and 4) Community Priorities.  Continue reading

New Senate Broadband Caucus Formed

us senate logo senate broadband caucusBroadband issues are getting some extra support in the U.S. Senate.  A group of bipartisan senators formed the Senate Broadband Caucus this week, a group that will work on broadband policy to improve infrastructure deployment, the digital divide, and rural access. Also this week, Caucus members along with other U.S. senators, sent a formal Senate to FCC on rural broadband to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for their recent rate-of-return reforms. Continue reading

SHLB Publishes New Broadband Action Plan

SHLB Broadband Action PlanThe Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) released a Broadband Action Plan this week to kick off their Grow2Gig+ Campaign.  The plan was developed by SHLB as a resource to generate ideas and provide policy recommendations for community leaders.  Kelleigh Cole, Director of the Broadband Outreach Center, contributed to the Action plan with a chapter titled “Broadband Needs Assessment and Planning for Community Anchor Institutions.” Continue reading

Utah is Still the Fastest in the West According to Akamai

Utah fastest in the WestAkamai Technologies recently released its First Quarter State of the Internet report for 2016, indicating that Utah has remained a consistent leader in the U.S. for top Internet speeds and adoption rates.  Rankings place Utah 5th in the nation for average Megabit per second (Mbps) connection speeds and 6th in the nation for average peak Mbps connection speeds.   Continue reading

Celebrating Five Years of Partnerships with the Utah Broadband Advisory Council

broadband advisory council cakeEarlier this June, The Utah Broadband Advisory Council celebrated its 5th Anniversary. Since 2011, stakeholders across Utah have proven that unprecedented partnerships are central to economic development in Utah as we’ve met to promote broadband expansion. Council members are helping ensure that businesses and residents have the services they need to participate in a smart and growing economy. Continue reading