October 2014 Map of the Month: Utah and the new broadband mapping data format

ChangeDetectMapOur August 2014’s Map of the Month discussed and detailed the significant transition and associated data collection changes that the National Broadband Map (NBM) is slated to undergo.

The October map of the month highlights how the change will impact Utah’s coverage as displayed on the NBM, which is used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and others to inform policy decisions. Continue reading

Rural Broadband Experiment Applications Delayed

fcc-logo_light-blue-onThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated $100 million to the Rural Broadband Expansion Experiments program. This program will provide funding to deploy broadband networks in high-cost or extremely high-cost areas within eligible census blocks. Applications were due on October 14, 2014 but have been delayed. The Project team will publish more information as it is released.

An informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Continue reading

Rural Broadband Experiment Application Deadline Delayed

fcc-logo_light-blue-onThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated $100 million to the Rural Broadband Expansion Experiments program. This program will provide funding to deploy broadband networks in high-cost or extremely high-cost areas within eligible census blocks. Applications were due on October 14, 2014 but have been delayed. The Project team will publish more information as it is released.

An informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. 

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September 2014 Map of the Month: Utah’s Rural School Classification

September 2014 Map of the MonthRecently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order making reforms to the E-Rate program, which helps provide discounts to schools and libraries in rural areas ensuring that they are digitally connected.

In this Order, the FCC re-defines what classifies as rural areas using a questionable use of geographic units defined for the 2010 Census. This new rural classification identifies areas that will be able to qualify for E-Rate funding beginning in 2015. Continue reading