The 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.
This 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.
Recently, 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.
This 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 →
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced an additional investment of $2 billion over the next two years to support broadband development in schools and libraries. The additional $2 billion will double the FCC’s investment in broadband networks and will connect 20 million students in 15,000 schools. This funding is provided to schools and libraries through the E-Rate program. This program has been essential in providing schools and libraries basic Internet services throughout the nation.
The Utah Broadband Project, in conjunction with Utah State University and Southern Utah University, recently completed a comprehensive survey of non-adoption of broadband in Utah. The survey provides additional research to supplement a demand survey the project team completed in 2011.
The Utah Broadband Project will be hosting booths at the Utah State Capitol this week for Maps on the Hill and Utah’s Rural Legislative Day. This is a great opportunity for the public and legislators to learn about the Utah Broadband Project and the importance of broadband to Utah’s economy.
After a competitive bid process, the Utah Broadband Project contracted with Isotrope, LLC to conduct a statewide mobile broadband drive test over 6,000 miles of Utah roads in November 2013. The tests logged signal strength and data file transfer speeds for each provider using consumer smartphones.
The first map derived from this drive test data is a preliminary map of 4G LTE coverage in Utah. Continue reading →
A key role of the Utah Broadband Project is to make broadband best practices and new tools available to providers, the public and policymakers. The project team is excited to share the U.S. Department of Transportation’s webinar that highlights one of Utah’s best practices. Continue reading →