The Gigabit Opportunity Act bill has been introduced to the senate to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax benefits for investments in gigabit opportunity zones. Continue reading
Utah is ranked #1 of the top ten in the nation for bridging the broadband gap within the state, according to the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Continue reading
The Utah League of Cities and Towns Convention in downtown Salt Lake City recently featured a local panel on digital inclusion. Continue reading
Our September map of the month revisits a topic that we explored in October of 2014 — how Utah’s broadband coverage is overrepresented in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Form 477 broadband maps. This is a policy issue and one that certainly impacts most if not all states.
The FCC has released a NPRM to revise it’s current Form 477 that collects voice and broadband data. The comment period ends on September 25, 2017.
Systems like FirstNet are imperative in man-made and natural disasters. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey here is some information on FirstNet and ways to be prepared for emergencies.
UPlan: UDOT’s mapping portal
The August broadband map of the month is the collection of map data and viewers that comprise the UDOT UPlan interactive map website. This choice was inspired by a presentation at the most recent meeting of the Utah Broadband Advisory Council featured an innovative UDOT project to extend fiber optic broadband service using micro-trenching within the roadway.
Both nominees for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were confirmed for one term each. Brandon Carr has just been sworn as the newest member. Jessica Rosenworcel, who was also up for a nomination, rejoined the commission for another five-year term. Continue reading
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced August 8 that it will transfer more than $9 billion of funds that it oversees out of private banking and into the US Treasury.