February 2015 Map of the Month: Utah Outperforming On New FCC Broadband Benchmarks

NewFCCSpeedDefinitionLast month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an update to its broadband benchmarks which are now set at 25 Mbps for advertised download speeds and 3 Mbps for upload speeds. Using this updated benchmark, the FCC found that 17% of the United State’s population lack access to broadband availability. There is a significant digital divide with over half of rural Americans lacking broadband access. Despite great challenges presented by Utah’s terrain, remote communities, and federal land restrictions, the digital divide is narrower in Utah.

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Find Broadband Availability in Utah’s Legislative Districts

leg mapAs the 2015 Utah State Legislative Session begins, legislators may have questions about the telecommunications industry and broadband infrastructure. The State of Utah has 75 house districts and 29 senate districts, and the Utah Broadband Project’s interactive map is a great resource to help both legislators and constituents understand broadband availability in their districts.

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Brookings Highlights Cities Role in Encouraging Deployment

broadband-constructionMore than ever, technology is transforming our economy and daily lives. Broadband is now referred to as the infrastructure of the twenty-first century, and is a key driver of economic growth and the quality of life for each citizen. A recent article by the Brooking Metro Policy Program highlighted how local policies and best practices play a clear role and the greatest opportunity for innovative thinking. Continue reading