In May of 2015, the Broadband Outreach Center first launched the Utah Economic Development map (locate.utah.gov). This web map application allows companies and site selectors to interactively explore Utah from a vantage point of what’s important to business regarding available infrastructure and quality of life. Spoiler Alert: Version 2 of this site is expected to roll out next month. With this in mind, we thought a look at how the current site is being used would make for a good base line and broadband map of the month.
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.
The July 2016 Map of the Month mashes Utah’s map layer of addressed property locations with the highest advertised speeds for residential class broadband service statewide. The results show, in map and graph format, another way to measure the level of basic service available to Utah residents, visitors, and small business. Continue reading
Happy New Year and welcome to the first 2016 installment of the Broadband Outreach Center’s Map of the Month series.
This month we’ve mashed up two state-by-state level datasets that, together, show relationships between access of high speed Internet and overall employment rates. The map color codes each state into one of nine classes, each of which considers broadband and employment rates together.
Since its inception in April 2012, over 40 maps have been published in the Utah Broadband Outreach Center‘s Map of the Month series. And, that’s in addition to the BOC’s mainstay maps like the residential broadband service map and locate.utah.gov, the commercial fiber availability map. For this end of the year addition to the MOTM series, we have reorganized BOC maps and map apps into an all-in-one online map gallery. The gallery presents overview graphics and text descriptions for each map. Continue reading
The November 2015 Map of the Month shows, at a statewide scale, the current commercial fiber-based broadband service availability reported to the Broadband Outreach Center for inclusion on the locate.utah.gov site.
The Utah Economic Development Map (locate.utah.gov), which was released in May, features the availability of fiber broadband service together with other considerations attractive to relocating businesses such as utility, transportation, education, and recreation resources.
The fiber broadband service on this interactive web map is portrayed using 1 km hexagons (diameter), according to two general categories of service:
- Short Order Fiber Service Availability (typically within 30 days), and
- Custom Order Fiber Service (typically within 9 months).
The Utah Broadband Project contracted with Isotrope, LLC to perform a mobile broadband drive test along over 6,000 miles of Utah’s highways and major roads. This dataset was used for comparison purposes to verify coverage areas and speed data submitted to the Project,the NTIA and FCC. The dataset is also useful as it provides insight,, albeit at the time of collection only, in to typical network performance that consumers experience.
Since the speed test platform collected observations every second (or every 15 seconds in the case of the 2013 4G/LTE-specific tests) for each provider, the raw dataset is quite large, with millions of data points. The dataset was difficult to analyze, visualize, and compare because of the sheer number and the density of observation points.
In an effort to create a summary product from the raw data files, a unique approach was taken that aggregates observations to road segments of a near uniform size (0.5 miles). Continue reading
One of the important objectives of the Utah Broadband Project (UBP) has been to definitively portray Utah’s Broadband landscape. Gone are the days, thankfully, when discussions around broadband policy couldn’t get off the ground because the coverage, speed and technologies facts could not be agreed upon. The NTIA broadband mapping grant to states, and the accompanying data model, standardized the data gathering process across the country. The Utah Broadband Interactive Map and later, it’s counterpart, the National Broadband Map (NBM), use the same provider-sourced, state-compiled data to greatly improve capabilities for viewing and analyzing the broadband landscape. Continue reading