BTOP’s Quarterly Report Describes Progress and Closeout

2000px-US-NationalTelecommunicationsAndInformationAdministration-Logo.svgOn February 5th, The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released its most recent quarterly report updating the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  The report summarizes activities between April, 1-June, 30 of 2015, and it indicates BTOP initiatives are coming to close. Continue reading

USDA Releases 2015 Rural Development Progress Report

USDA rural developmentThe 2015 USDA Rural Development Progress Report details the investment of $29.75 billion spent on rural development in Fiscal Year 2015.  $256.6 million of these funds were spent by the Rural Utilities Service to improve existing telecom infrastructure or build new telecom infrastructure, including broadband networks.   This investment impacted 2.8 million rural subscribers across America.

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February 2016 MOTM: States’ FirstNet Coverage Objective Maps Released in RFP

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FirstNet coverage objective map (v.1.0) for the western US.

The federal-level First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network on January 13.

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Utah Releases Revamped Broadband Availability Map on Fifth Anniversary

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The Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) released an updated residential broadband map today, providing an enhanced tool to help businesses and consumers locate available services in their communities.

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Fall 2015 Provider Updates to Utah’s Broadband Map

interactivemap_thumbnail1Last fall, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team worked with 23 providers to update the residential broadband map. An additional 14 broadband providers confirmed no updates. This was the first time map updates were actively collected by the team since the Broadband Outreach Center was created and broadband provider participation was as high as it has been in the last 5 years. To learn more about the Center’s map data efforts, check out the data submission guidance webpage. Continue reading

January 2016 Map of the Month: Broadband Access & Employment

Broadband Adoption and Employment Compared Jan 2016

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first 2016 installment of the Broadband Outreach Center’s Map of the Month series.

This month we’ve mashed up two state-by-state level datasets that, together, show relationships between access of high speed Internet and overall employment rates. The map color codes each state into one of nine classes, each of which considers broadband and employment rates together.

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