February 2017 Map of the Month: Fiber Along the Point of the Mountain

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

Meet Chairman Ajit Pai

ajit-pai-2On 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

January 2017 Map of the Month: Broadband in Utah’s School Districts

To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Utah Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-6-21-54-pmBus, 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).

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115th Congress Legislation

seal_of_the_united_states_congress-svg_-300-123724Updated January 27, 2017

So far, there seems to be strong bi-partisan support for broadband in the 115th congress.  Several items of legislation from the 114th Congress have stuck around, many breezing through with unanimous votes.  Follow this tracking guide to see what kinds of federal legislation is coming down the pipe.   Continue reading