USDA Community Connect Application Window Open, Free Webinars Available

USDA community connectOn April 18th, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its application window for the Community Connect Program, a grant program that will provide nearly $12 million in funding for rural broadband development in fiscal year 2016.  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) administers the grants, which are used to fund broadband infrastructure projects that promote economic development in rural areas.  Continue reading

April 2016 Map of the Month: Blue Stakes, Call Before You Dig!

Maps of Blue Stakes 2015 utility marking tickets: statewide and in select rural areas

Click to open pdf maps of Blue Stakes of Utah’s 2015 ticket distribution.

Planning to dig a hole or otherwise move the earth in Utah? It’s strongly in everyone’s interest, including your own, to contact Blue Stakes before you begin!

Our April Map of the Month post looks at some interesting map and time series data from Blue Stakes of Utah, an organization in which 580 Utah underground facilities-owning members participate, including, of course, most of the state’s broadband providers. Continue reading

Outreach Center Meets with Broadband Delegation from China

GOED's Kelleigh Cole, Kendall Rathunde, and Nathan Lambson with Broadband Delegation from ChinaToday the Utah Broadband Outreach Center met with a broadband delegation from China to present on federal and statewide broadband planning efforts, and to engage in discussion comparing different broadband planning strategies between the United States and China.  The delegation traveled to Utah to explore Internet Governance and Innovation in the US. Continue reading

SETDA Education Report Examines State Leadership in Broadband Policy

educational technology state leadershipThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) with the help of Common Sense Kids Action recently assembled a report to provide information and insight about state policies and practices influencing broadband and WiFi implementation.  The research was conducted with the goal of affirming the importance of state leadership on issues regarding student and educator access to high-speed connections. Continue reading

Government Seeks Feedback on Internet of Things

Internet of ThingsThe federal government is seeking feedback regarding what kind of role it should take in fostering the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).  This week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) put out a request for public comment, announcing the Department of Commerce has made growing the IoT sector a top priority.   Continue reading

FCC’s Proposed “Broadband Facts” Labels Aim to Inform Consumer Choices

Broadband Facts Consumer LabelsOn March 4th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new Consumer Broadband Labels in hopes of improving transparency for fixed and mobile broadband consumers.  The new “Broadband Facts” labels draw influence from nutrition labels, utilizing an easily recognizable format to better reach consumers.  The labels will provide information about price and performance for consumers. Continue reading

Broadband Access Critical for Distance Education

ecs logo fbThe Education Commission of the States (ECS) cites lacking broadband infrastructure and affordability as the most significant barriers for students accessing postsecondary distance education.  A new report issued by the commission details these challenges and discusses the increasing demand for online and distance education. Continue reading