Utah often ranks high in national (and international) studies on access to fast broadband Internet speeds. Most recently, Utah was ranked 4th in the nation for broadband speeds. This month, our maps compare Utah’s maximum advertised speeds with the rest of the country.
On August 6, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission launched a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment (due by September 8, 2015) on whether consumer access to mobile broadband should be included in its annual review of the country’s broadband market. The annual review is created to assess whether Americans are receiving broadband on a “reasonable and timely basis.” Continue reading
On August 6, 2015, the Federal Communications (FCC) Commission adopted rules to “help ensure that consumers have the information and tools necessary to maintain landline home telephone service during emergencies.” The Report and Order issues new rules that require modern voice service providers to give their consumers more information about emergency power situations and to adequately cover consumer emergency power needs with adequate solutions. Continue reading
On August 6, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Procedures Public Notice which establishes the bidding procedures for next year’s incentive auction. The auction will begin on March 29, 2016 and is designed to “allow market forces to make available high-quality low-band spectrum for mobile broadband.” Continue reading
On July 30, 2015, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the amended regulation to the Rural Utility Service (RUS) Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has authority and a formal process to authorize communications sites on land that it owns. Many of Utah’s radio, TV, and broadband delivering antenna towers are located on BLM land.
From Oklahoma, President Obama and Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that broadband will be made available to over 275,000 low-income households and reach nearly 200,000 children to provide them with the support they need to access the Internet. The ConnectHome initiative, which is set to launch in 27 cities and one tribal nation, will not only deploy broadband but various other resources including access to digital devices and digital literacy programs through partnerships between Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector.