November 2015 Map of the Month: Commercial Fiber Service Availability

FiberHexagons_Statewide_Nov252015_v4The November 2015 Map of the Month shows, at a statewide scale, the current commercial fiber-based broadband service availability reported to the Broadband Outreach Center for inclusion on the site.

The Utah Economic Development Map (, which was released in May, features the availability of fiber broadband service together with other considerations attractive to relocating businesses such as utility, transportation, education, and recreation resources.

The fiber broadband service on this interactive web map is portrayed using 1 km hexagons (diameter), according to two general categories of service:

  • Short Order Fiber Service Availability (typically within 30 days), and
  • Custom Order Fiber Service (typically within 9 months).

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Proposed Legislation to Implement Changes in National Broadband Coverage

Seal_of_the_United_States_Congress.svgCongress has recently proposed several new pieces of legislation that may affect broadband throughout the nation. These draft bills focus on auctioning spectrum, improving the deployment of conduit, streamlining the permitting process for use of federal lands, creating an inventory of federal assets, namely facilities, related to broadband infrastructure, and making changes to the regulation of pole attachments. Continue reading

FCC Issues Public Notice on High-Cost Support Allowable Expenses

FCC-LogoOn October 19, 2015, The Federal Communications (FCC) Commission released a public notice entitled, All Universal Service High-Cost Support Recipients Are Reminded That Support Must Be Used for Its Intended Purpose. The notice outlines critical policies governing the use of support funds and what recipients of the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) high-cost mechanisms are obligated to do with the support they receive. Continue reading

Broadband Summit to Feature National Broadband Experts

Federal Presenters Newsletter ImageThe 2015 Utah Broadband Tech Summit on October 14 will feature several national speakers including John Windhausen from the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition; Brian Gibbons from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and Andy Spurgeon from Broadband USA. These presenters will share the latest national broadband news and are a great addition to the program. The registration deadline for the summit is approaching so register today.

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Utah Tribes and Businesses Receive USDA Grants

download (1)On September 30, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that PandoLabs in Park City, Epicenter in Green River, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and the Cedar Band of Paiutes will be the recipients of Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG). Rural Development State Director Dave Conine said that “these grants will support the emergence of small business in our rural communities, leading to to job growth and economic stability.” Continue reading