August 2015 Map of the Month: State to State – A Quick Comparison


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Utah often ranks high in national (and international) studies on access to fast broadband Internet speeds. Most recently, Utah was ranked 4th in the nation for broadband speeds. This month, our maps compare Utah’s maximum advertised speeds with the rest of the country.

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FCC Seeks Comments on Including Mobile Broadband in Annual Progress Report

FCC-LogoOn August 6, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission launched a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment (due by September 8, 2015) on whether consumer access to mobile broadband should be included in its annual review of the country’s broadband market. The annual review is created to assess whether Americans are receiving broadband on a “reasonable and timely basis.” Continue reading

FCC Seeks to Ensure Continuity of Communications During Emergencies

FCC-LogoOn August 6, 2015, the Federal Communications (FCC) Commission adopted rules to “help ensure that consumers have the information and tools necessary to maintain landline home telephone service during emergencies.” The Report and Order issues new rules that require modern voice service providers to give their consumers more information about emergency power situations and to adequately cover consumer emergency power needs with adequate solutions. Continue reading

Pew Analysis Shows Comparisons between Utah and National Broadband Adoption Trends

pewresearch2015The results of a 2015 survey that Pew Research Center conducted concluded that 15 percent of U.S. adults do not use the Internet for various reasons: the top three being lack of interest, difficulty in understanding how to use the Internet, and the cost of service or computers.

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FCC Establishes Bidding Procedures For 2016 Incentive Auction

FCC-LogoOn August 6, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Procedures Public Notice which establishes the bidding procedures for next year’s incentive auction. The auction will begin on March 29, 2016 and is designed to “allow market forces to make available high-quality low-band spectrum for mobile broadband.” Continue reading

July 2015 Map of the Month: Authorized BLM Communication Site Sections


Map of authorized BLM site sections in Utah

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has authority and a formal process to authorize communications sites on land that it owns. Many of Utah’s radio, TV, and broadband delivering antenna towers are located on BLM land.

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President Obama and HUD Secretary Announce ConnectHome Initiative

free-vector-us-department-of-housing-and-urban-development_061913_us-department-of-housing-and-urban-developmentFrom Oklahoma, President Obama and Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that broadband will be made available to over 275,000 low-income households and reach nearly 200,000 children to provide them with the support they need to access the Internet. The ConnectHome initiative, which is set to launch in 27 cities and one tribal nation, will not only deploy broadband but various other resources including access to digital devices and digital literacy programs through partnerships between Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector.

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FCC Commissioner Pai Announces Proposal to Reform the Universal Service Fund for Rural Providers


“Rural residents have waited long enough,” says Commissioner Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission. In a statement made on June 29, Pai announced his plan to support broadband deployment in rural America. Continue reading