Representative Steve Handy has sponsored H.B. 414 that, if passed, would create the Utah Broadband Outreach Center within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
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.
As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the FCC has recently voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed from 4 megabits per second (Mbps) to 25 Mbps, and the minimum upload speed from 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps. Continue reading
As the 2015 Utah State Legislative Session begins, legislators may have questions about the telecommunications industry and broadband infrastructure. The State of Utah has 75 house districts and 29 senate districts, and the Utah Broadband Project’s interactive map is a great resource to help both legislators and constituents understand broadband availability in their districts.
More than ever, technology is transforming our economy and daily lives. Broadband is now referred to as the infrastructure of the twenty-first century, and is a key driver of economic growth and the quality of life for each citizen. A recent article by the Brooking Metro Policy Program highlighted how local policies and best practices play a clear role and the greatest opportunity for innovative thinking. Continue reading