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

August 2014 Map of the Month: Transition to FCC Data Collection

Changes are coming to the data collection process for broadband availability mapping data. Since 2010, states have collected data from providers, and then submitted a compilation of the data to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA). Starting in spring 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will collect 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. The Utah Broadband Project’s final due date for updating data is September 1, 2014. To better understand this change, this month’s map of the month explains the changes (part 1), and next month’s map of the month (part 2) will have a more in-depth analysis on how the change will affect the statewide views of broadband coverage.  Continue reading