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
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
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adopted two final rulings last month to help ensure that residents in public housing have access to broadband Internet. The new rules require the installation of broadband infrastructure in both new construction projects and projects to substantially retrofit existing public housing structures. Continue reading
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Community Connect grant program. Community Connect is designed to fund broadband deployments for rural communities that are unable to attract private investment due to their unique circumstances. Continue reading