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.
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
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.