Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has recently announced that the FCC will seek to make the mobile marketplace more competitive by changing the rules of how low-band spectrum is auctioned. The goal, as Wheeler said, is to take the wireless spectrum and make it available to as many providers as possible, especially to small businesses and carriers in rural areas.
Read the announcement via the FCC official blog.
On March 18, the Utah Broadband Outreach Center launched locate.utah.gov, the state’s new economic development map which will be a key tool in helping businesses find the critical information they need to make site selection decisions. The map has generated media attention on a local and national level. Continue reading
We are please to announce our sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Broadband Tech Summit on October 14, 2015 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.
The Pew Research Center recently published the Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015 report examining Internet usage among various demographics over the past decade and a half.
Utah has once again risen in the ranks of broadband capability to fourth among the states and fifteenth internationally. According to the Akamai Q1 2015 State of the Internet report, Utah’s average connection speed is 15.7 Mbps which is only behind the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Delaware which averaged 18.6 Mbps. In Q4 2014, Akamai reported that Utah was in sixth place nationally.
Enterprise Zones Interactive Map
This month the Broadband Outreach Center added Utah Enterprise Zones to the Economic Development map (locate.utah.gov), the Center’s commercial broadband map application. Locate.utah.gov is a tool that helps businesses find the critical information they need to make site selection decisions. The site allows users to explore the state’s broadband availability, utility information, transportation, workforce and lifestyle features. Continue reading
On May 28, Chairman Wheeler announced he is seeking comments on a proposal to modernize the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program in order to better help low-income Americans afford access to essential communication services, including broadband. The proposals are intended to restructure the program and make Lifeline more efficient by limiting wasted resources and effectively targeting those most in need. Continue reading
This year, the 2015 Broadband Tech Summit will be held on October 14; however, the location is still to be determined. The last summit had great attendance as well as engaging topics and discussion and we look forward to hosting the event this year. Continue reading
FCC – Connect America Phase II – Final Eligible Areas Map
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced nearly $1.7 billion to price cap carriers to expand and support broadband service in rural areas as part of Connect American Fund Phase II (CAF II). The funding will go to support networks that can deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, as long as areas have no competitors offering at least 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, and the cost of providing service according to the cost model is between $52.50-$207.81. Continue reading
In an effort to be more holistic, Akamai has released its most extensive report to date on current Internet attack trends. The report indicates that the most popularly targeted industries for attack included gaming (which represents more than one third of all attacks), software and technology, Internet and telecom, financial services, media and entertainment, education, retail and consumer goods, and finally the public sector. Continue reading