July 2016 Map of the Month: Broadband Metrics from Address Points

AddressPointbyDownloadSpeedThe July 2016 Map of the Month mashes Utah’s map layer of addressed property locations with the highest advertised speeds for residential class broadband service statewide. The results show, in map and graph format, another way to measure the level of basic service available to Utah residents, visitors, and small business.

In previous years, the Broadband Outreach Center has derived summary statistics for residential grade broadband utilizing the 2010 Census block boundaries and demographic data. However, an addressed property-based approach offers a more fine-grained analysis, and, given that it has been 6+ years since the Census data was last updated, addressed properties better reflect Utah’s fast-growing communities.

The map uses the coordinates of an addressed property (address point), as reported to AGRC (the GIS/mapping office for state government) by county government. The statewide address point layer includes any property that has been assigned an address. While most all of the address points contain a structure, some have yet to be developed. Click on the image above for the statewide map, and county level maps are available here

Maximum Advertised Download Speeds for Utah Addressed Properties Chart Thumb

Counts of Addressed Properties by Maximum Advertised Download Speed

The maximum advertised download speeds shown in these examples include all forms of broadband service
(fixed and mobile wireless service) reported to the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team by broadband providers in Utah.

The map and graph this month are just a sampling of the broadband metrics that can be created by pairing these two statewide data resources. In the future, we’ll look to create similar metrics and visuals for countywide, citywide, and unincorporated area geography, using specific speed levels and broadband delivery technologies.