July 2014 Map of the Month: Broadband Availability on Tribal Land

MapOfTheMonth_July2014On the whole, Utah has great broadband coverage, especially in urban areas. While Utah’s broadband coverage in comparison to similar states is a success story, there are still a few rural areas that lag behind in speed offerings and the number of providers from which to choose. For the 2014 Native American Summit in Orem, UT, the Project’s mapping team analyzed broadband availability on tribal lands. Continue reading

Governor Herbert and GOED Welcome New Executive Director

Governor Gary R. Herbert has selected Val Hale as the new executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Most recently, Hale served as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, which represents local businesses and has been located in a region of economic growth in the information and technology sector for the past several years. Continue reading

USDA Plans to Increase Lending Opportunities for Broadband

usdaCoBank, a cooperative bank, recently committed $10 billion to the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. Teaming with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), CoBank will serve as the anchor investor with Capitol Peak Asset Management to manage the fund.   Continue reading

Broadband Mapping Data: Transition to FCC Data Collection

The Utah Broadband Project’s mapping team has started preparations for the fall 2014 data submission to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on October 1. The deadline for providers to update their mapping data with the Project is September 1, 2014. This fall will be the last time the Utah Broadband Project, and all other states and territories, will collect mapping data directly from providers. Starting in spring 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will collect broadband availability mapping data directly from broadband providers using the new form 477. The transition will take place this fall, with both the states and the FCC collecting data from broadband providers. The due date for the FCC’s new form 477 is October 1, 2014. Continue reading

Register Now: Governor’s Native American Summit

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The Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Offices of the Utah Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts and Utah Valley University (UVU) have collaborated to host the 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit on July 30-31, 2014. This year’s theme is “Building a Sustainable Future Together.”

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FCC Announces Universal Service Fund Strike Force

usfChairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the creation of a Universal Service Fund (USF) Strike Force, which will focus on protecting the USF and all other funding programs the FCC manages.

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