Utah received dedicated funding as part of the NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative to work in partnership with local government to build a statewide address point dataset map layer. In June of 2013, the Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center released the first version of the statewide address point dataset.
The address point dataset resource has been a great asset to broadband mapping efforts in Utah. Of course, address points increase the accuracy of locating addresses, but they also provide an excellent way to visualize the distribution of residences and businesses, especially in low population density areas where census blocks are often too large to be meaningful. Continue reading
The Utah Broadband Project and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) hosted the 2013 Broadband Tech Summit on October 24, 2013.
In an increasingly competitive and connected world, it’s important that students in K-12 schools have access to modern computers. This month, the broadband mapping team mapped data published in the Utah State Board of Education’s report Highway to Our Future: Technology for Utah Schools – May 2013.
Student to Computer Ratio:
Daggett, Tintic, and North Summit School Districts had the highest student to computer ratios, with 100% of the schools reporting a 1:1 student to computer ratio. These are smaller districts with 3 – 6 schools.
Alpine, Nebo, Murray, and Morgan School Districts had the most schools reporting the lowest student to computer ratio with 50% or more of schools reporting 1:4 or greater student to computer ratio.
On November 4, 2013, national public safety and telecommunications leaders joined tribal representatives to discuss tribal outreach and education in the development of a nationwide public safety network. The workshop was lead by First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board member Kevin McGinnis and Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy in Washington, D.C.
On October 29, 2013, Tom Wheeler was announced as the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
This November, Isotrope LLC, under contract with the Utah Broadband Project, will conduct a mobile drive test on 6,000 miles of roads in Utah. During the drive test, Isotrope will collect real-time mobile broadband wireless coverage and speed information. All mobile wireless broadband data over cellular, PCS, LTE, and IDEN frequencies and protocols will be collected. Continue reading
Utah’s children are no longer being educated to compete solely with students in the Intermountain West. More than ever, these students are competing on a global stage. Investing in information networks ensures that Utah’s students are ready and able to compete in this globalized economy. Continue reading
Top left: Spencer Eccles, Top right: Bhargav J Shah, Bottom left: Glenn Ricart, Bottom right: Matt Might
The Utah Broadband Project and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will be hosting the 2013 Broadband Tech Summit on October 24, 2013 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.
The summit will feature speakers from Overstock.com, US Ignite and the University of Utah.
Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 23. Continue reading
Fixed Broadband Changes, Click to open
This month the Project’s mapping team compared how advertised broadband speeds have changed since the beginning of the Utah Broadband Project. The comparison goes from Fall 2010 – Fall 2013. Fall 2010 was the first data collection round in which all of the known broadband providers participated with the mapping arm of the Project by providing their service areas and associated speeds and technologies. The most recently collected provider data is for Fall 2013 and is ready and waiting to be submitted to the NTIA and FCC when they re-open for business. Continue reading
Since 1947, the Utah State Library Bookmobiles have provided full service mobile libraries to citizens living in rural communities. These rural communities often do not have access to all of the services provided at libraries in more urbanized parts of Utah. Continue reading