Report Estimates $1,019.2 Billion Impact of Broadband Related Sectors

iia broadband ecosystemThe Internet Innovation Alliance estimates the U.S. broadband and information and communications technologies (ITC) sector contributed $1,019.2 billion to the economy in 2014.  This amounts to 5.9% of the GDP, and the authors of the new report suggest the figure likely underestimates the value added given the broad impact technology has across each sector. Continue reading

Fast Internet Helps Utah Score “Innovation Champion” Award

Utah innovation championThe Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has recognized Utah as an “Innovation Champion.”  This designation was given to Utah and 12 other states showing strength in 10 competencies necessary for technology innovation.  Utah is one of five states to be given top marks in this category, and earned the highest grade in the West with an A-. Continue reading

Hudson Institute Estimates Rural Broadband Contributed $24 Billion to the Economy in 2015

economic impact rural broadbandThe Hudson Institute has released a new report analyzing The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband.  Authored by Hans Kutter, with support from the Foundation for Rural Service, the report examines the direct and indirect economic impacts of the rural broadband industry on Gross Domestic Product.  In total, the industry contributed $24.1 billion to the states in 2015, and approximately $158 million to Utah’s economy.  Continue reading

USDA Community Connect Application Window Open, Free Webinars Available

USDA community connectOn April 18th, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its application window for the Community Connect Program, a grant program that will provide nearly $12 million in funding for rural broadband development in fiscal year 2016.  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) administers the grants, which are used to fund broadband infrastructure projects that promote economic development in rural areas.  Continue reading

April 2016 Map of the Month: Blue Stakes, Call Before You Dig!

Maps of Blue Stakes 2015 utility marking tickets: statewide and in select rural areas

Click to open pdf maps of Blue Stakes of Utah’s 2015 ticket distribution.

Planning to dig a hole or otherwise move the earth in Utah? It’s strongly in everyone’s interest, including your own, to contact Blue Stakes before you begin!

Our April Map of the Month post looks at some interesting map and time series data from Blue Stakes of Utah, an organization in which 580 Utah underground facilities-owning members participate, including, of course, most of the state’s broadband providers. Continue reading

Outreach Center Meets with Broadband Delegation from China

GOED's Kelleigh Cole, Kendall Rathunde, and Nathan Lambson with Broadband Delegation from ChinaToday the Utah Broadband Outreach Center met with a broadband delegation from China to present on federal and statewide broadband planning efforts, and to engage in discussion comparing different broadband planning strategies between the United States and China.  The delegation traveled to Utah to explore Internet Governance and Innovation in the US. Continue reading

SETDA Education Report Examines State Leadership in Broadband Policy

educational technology state leadershipThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) with the help of Common Sense Kids Action recently assembled a report to provide information and insight about state policies and practices influencing broadband and WiFi implementation.  The research was conducted with the goal of affirming the importance of state leadership on issues regarding student and educator access to high-speed connections. Continue reading