The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on the parameters for the process in determining whether areas are eligible for funding under the Mobility Fund Phase II.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), along with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced the Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017, a bill that will streamline broadband permitting in existing highway rights-of-way for broadband infrastructure projects.
Local and special service districts are an important user constituency for broadband services. In addition to broadband use at district headquarters, many are also dependent on broadband for field and infrastructure operations.
Today, US Ignite announced the official launch of the Smart City Corporate Partners Program, US Ignite’s effort to pursue sustaining funding for smart connected community projects on behalf of municipal partners. Continue reading
A recent Forbes Magazine article, “To Spark Growth, Focus on the Next Generation of Broadband,” stressed the importance of broadband development in creating economic growth.
For February’s Map of the Month, we take a look at broadband infrastructure along the Point of the Mountain. Following the decision to relocate the Utah State Prison, new coordinated efforts are taking place to create a comprehensive and strategic development plan for the area stretching south from Sandy through Lehi to Saratoga Springs. Continue reading
On January 23rd, President Trump appointed Commissioner Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Chairman Pai was the most senior republican of the FCC, and has served five years as a commissioner. Many have speculated about the new chairman’s agenda, but most agree Chairman Pai will likely cut regulations and follow the letter of the law. Continue reading
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Utah Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Bus, the Broadband Outreach Center recently did an analysis of residential broadband coverage in each of the state’s 41 school districts. In this month’s maps, the percentage of addressed properties with 3 levels of residential broadband service, is shown for each school district (see summary table also).
The Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) recently published a progress report detailing actions of the interagency council tasked with improving broadband outcomes through reasonable executive action. The BOC was created in response to a memorandum from President Obama dating back to March of 2015. Continue reading