The Utah State Legislature recently passed HB 414, which creates the Utah Broadband Outreach Center within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and allocates funding for a three year period.
Over the past 4 years, the demand for fast mobile broadband (Internet accessed through a portable mobile device) has greatly increased. Fast mobile broadband is critical for communications in public safety and other sectors needing to connect while on the go.
On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to set rules governing open access to the Internet. The new rules establish standards in three key areas. Continue reading
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an update to its broadband benchmarks which are now set at 25 Mbps for advertised download speeds and 3 Mbps for upload speeds. Using this updated benchmark, the FCC found that 17% of the United State’s population lack access to broadband availability. There is a significant digital divide with over half of rural Americans lacking broadband access. Despite great challenges presented by Utah’s terrain, remote communities, and federal land restrictions, the digital divide is narrower in Utah.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released an Introduction to Effective Public-Private Partnerships guide to encourage cooperation in deploying broadband infrastructure.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced two significant changes to Rural Utility Service (RUS) provisions on the agency’s telecom programs. These two provisions include a change in the definition of eligible service areas and a change to the minimum broadband speeds that RUS recipients must deploy.