FCC Seeks Comment on Actions to Streamline Small Cell Infrastructure Deployment

fcc-logo-light-blueThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on the Commission’s actions to help streamline the deployment of small cell infrastructure by improving wireless facilities siting policies.  Specifically, the FCC is looking for guidance on how federal law applies to local government review of siting and rights-of-way applications, with the possibility of issuing a declaratory ruling. Continue reading

NTIA Seeks Comment on Internet Use Survey

2000px-US-NationalTelecommunicationsAndInformationAdministration-Logo.svgThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has issued a request for comment on their Computer and Internet Use Supplement for the 2017 Current Population Survey conducted by the Census Bureau.  The annual supplement is a living document, designed to evolve and collect the most useful data for assessing technology use in the United States. Continue reading

Tribal Broadband a Challenge in Utah and Nationwide

congressional_research_serviceThe Congressional Research Service reports approximately 41% of Americans living on tribal lands land access to broadband speeds that meet the federal definition for broadband.  Nationwide, only 10% of all Americans lack access to the same 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload speed tier.  Rural tribal areas in the lower 48 states are said to have the poorest access, with 72% of Americans on tribal lands lacking access. Continue reading

December 2016 Map of the Month: Residential Access of 100+ Mbps

Click to open December 2016's map: Percent of Address Points with a Maximum Download Speed of at Least 100 Mbps

Click to open December 2016’s map: Percent of Address Points with a Maximum Download Speed of at Least 100 Mbps

As we wrap up another year of monthly broadband themed maps, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team decided to create a holiday themed map showing the percentage of address points covered by at least 100 Mbps download. Continue reading

FCC’s Yearly Reports Analyze Speed and Number of Connections

fcc-logo-light-blueThe 2016 Measuring Broadband America Report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicates continued network improvements across the United States and reliable reporting from Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  In addition, the number of connections has increased 11% between 2014 and 2015, according to the Internet Access Services reportContinue reading

Utah Internet Speed #2 in the Country and #3 in the World

akamai-q3-graphUtah is tied for the #2 ranking in the country for top average Internet connection speeds, according to Akamai Technologies’ Third Quarter 2016 State of the Internet Report.  When compared to the fastest countries in world, Utah’s average connection speeds bests every nation except South Korea.  The state was bumped up three spots from its #5 national ranking in Akamai’s Second Quarter report, beating out the competition from east coast states. Continue reading

New Best Practices Guide for Community Leaders

next-genGig U and the Benton Foundation have recently published a best practices guide for city and town leaders looking to improve broadband outcomes.  The guide explores strategies for cities around 3 varying roles: as the primary investor and network manager, as the partial investor or public-private partnership approach, and as the main facilitator that aims to encourage full private partner investment. Continue reading

HealthEquity and Accelerant Partnership Creates 28 Jobs in Price

accel-and-healthequityRobust broadband connections in rural Utah have proven indispensable for 28 Carbon County residents recently hired by HealthEquity.  The nationwide health savings account administrator has partnered with Accelerant to hire and train the new employees to work remotely from Price, Utah, where the unemployment rate is 5.8 percent.  Statewide, Utah has a 3.2 percent unemployment rate. Continue reading