FCC Increases Broadband Speeds Under Connect America Fund

Main Street_Brigham City_Steve Greenwood001The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released and Order to update its rules for the Connect America Fund, requiring companies receiving Connect America funding to serve consumers with upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps and download speeds of at least 1 Mbps. This is an increase reflecting marketplace and technological changes that have occurred since the FCC set its previous requirement of 4 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload speeds in 2011. Continue reading

USDA Seeking Comments for Programmatic Environmental Assessment

usdaThe United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) agency is seeking public comments regarding the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the development of a more efficient and effective environmental review process for the RUS Telecommunications Program. Continue reading

November 2014 “Map” of the Month: Maturity Scores Highlight Impressive Broadband Deployment Success

MaturityMeasuresStatewide2One of the important objectives of the Utah Broadband Project (UBP) has been to definitively portray Utah’s Broadband landscape. Gone are the days, thankfully, when discussions around broadband policy couldn’t get off the ground because the coverage, speed and technologies facts could not be agreed upon. The NTIA broadband mapping grant to states, and the accompanying data model, standardized the data gathering process across the country. The Utah Broadband Interactive Map and later, it’s counterpart, the National Broadband Map (NBM), use the same provider-sourced, state-compiled data to greatly improve capabilities for viewing and analyzing the broadband landscape. Continue reading

Salt Lake City Seeking Comments on Utility Box Ordinance

salt lake city logoSalt Lake City has proposed changes to its Utility Box Ordinance, to ensure that the city has reliable access to telecommunication networks and communication services, while ensuring installations are achieved in a manner that preserves the aesthetic qualities of the community. The city recommends that parties submit comments by December 2, 2014Continue reading