April 2014 Map of the Month: Utah Broadband Landscape at a Glance

Twice a year, the Utah Broadband Project updates the statewide broadband coverage map data. Utah’s latest update was submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on April 1, 2014. All mapping updates by broadband providers and the Project’s mapping team are recorded in this summary of changes document.

In light of this latest update, April’s map of the month focuses on the current broadband landscape in Utah. Continue reading

FCC Rural Broadband Workshop Video Available

fcc-logo_dark-blueVideo of the Rural Broadband Workshop hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 19, 2014, is now available. The day-long workshop featured discussions on the unique challenges of broadband deployment and adoption in rural America.

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FCC to Host Rural Broadband Workshop Featuring UEN

fcc-logo_dark-blueThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be hosting a Rural Broadband Workshop on March 19, 2014. This workshop will focus on the importance of broadband in rural America and include presentations designed to discuss the impact broadband has on education, healthcare and economic development.

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FCC Seeks Input for E-Rate Program – Comments Due April 7

ID-100212511Utah’s schools and libraries are able to obtain discounts on telecommunications and Internet access through funds from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-Rate program. Recently, the FCC announced they are seeking comments on changes to the E-rate program, which will likely be updated next year. Continue reading

New FCC Mobile Speed Test Apps for iOS and Android

app1The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched crowd-sourcing apps for Android and iOS mobile devices, designed to measure mobile broadband and contribute to an open data resource that can be used to assess performance across the nation.

The new apps accurately measure your mobile broadband performance and display an in-depth view of speed components (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss).  They also keep a historical record of mobile speeds for comparison of performance over time.

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February 2014 Map of the Month: Number of Fixed Broadband Providers per Block

fixedbroadband10MbthumbnailThis month’s installment in our Map of the Month series looks at the number of broadband providers capable of providing a ‘fixed’ broadband connection at a defined advertised speed threshold to residential consumers across the state.

The term ‘fixed’ broadband includes cable, DSL/copper, and fiber optic wireline-based technologies, as well as fixed wireless technologies. Basically, everything except for broadband provided directly to smart phones and other mobile devices qualifies as ‘fixed’ broadband.

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FCC Seeking Comment on Experimental Rural Trials

fcc-logo_dark-blueRecently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on potential experimental programs which will allow funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to go to rural broadband providers for pilot projects. These pilot projects will help the FCC learn what approaches work best for expanding broadband service in rural areas of the United States.

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The Utah Broadband Project Highlighted in 2014′s FilmUtah Magazine

filmutahThis year’s FilmUtah magazine features an article on the Utah Broadband Project and the importance of broadband for filmmakers.

The article focuses on how technology is changing the ways films are made, making filmmakers more dependent on broadband than ever. So whether it is the red rocks in southern Utah, the Bonneville Salt Flats or the vistas along the Wasatch Front, filmmakers are setting up their offices on location. Continue reading