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Spring 2017 Updates to Center’s Broadband Maps

All Spring 2017 broadband coverage and speed updates submitted to the Center’s mapping team have been updated in the residential and commercial broadband map webapps. Thank you to everybody who participated, the success of these maps is dependent on broadband providers sharing updates on the services that they provide — services that consistently put Utah at the top of broadband availability rankings. Continue reading

December 2016 Map of the Month: Residential Access of 100+ Mbps

Click to open December 2016's map: Percent of Address Points with a Maximum Download Speed of at Least 100 Mbps

Click to open December 2016’s map: Percent of Address Points with a Maximum Download Speed of at Least 100 Mbps

As we wrap up another year of monthly broadband themed maps, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team decided to create a holiday themed map showing the percentage of address points covered by at least 100 Mbps download. Continue reading

October 2016 Map of the Month: State of Utah Facilities

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The State of Utah owns buildings, sites, and other facilities in order to provide services across the state. Transportation, wildlife management, parks and recreation, and education, are just some of the missions that necessitate facilities operation. And of course, these are not only in the population centers of Utah, but also in some of the most rural parts of the state. Many of these facilities, but not all, require broadband internet to perform their duties sufficiently. State facilities, together with others operated by local government (K12 schools, libraries, etc), very often serve as anchor tenants for broadband service, creating the initial incentives for providers to bring higher speed and capacity to local communities.
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August 2016 Map of the Month: CAF Preliminary Phase II Blocks

August Map of the Month 2016

Click for interactive map of eligible Connect America Phase II census blocks in Utah

On August 10, 2016, The Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a preliminary list of census blocks that have been deemed initially eligible for the Connect America Phase II auction. [FCC announcement]

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June 2016 Map of the Month: Where Utah is Connecting to Broadband

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This month’s maps explore two important areas that illustrate the important goal of having all Utah communities equipped with high speed broadband service.

The first maps look at usage patterns for online government services and information that is accessed directly from the main utah.gov website. The second set of maps depict the distribution of education enrollment for students attending virtual charter schools where the curriculum is taught entirely online. Continue reading

May 2016 Map of the Month: Utah Population Growth Estimates

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Click to open the May 2016 Map of the Month

Utah’s population is on track to more than double by 2060, making it crucial to build and design critical infrastructure with the current, and future, population in mind. This month’s map shows the estimated percent growth for each of Utah’s census designated populated places over three time periods, 2010-2020, 2010-2040, and 2010-2060. The circle sizes on the map represent the percent growth for each of the 3 time periods, with the lightest circles being the 2010-2020 time period, and the darkest circles being the 2010-2060 time period. Continue reading

April 2016 Map of the Month: Blue Stakes, Call Before You Dig!

Maps of Blue Stakes 2015 utility marking tickets: statewide and in select rural areas

Click to open pdf maps of Blue Stakes of Utah’s 2015 ticket distribution.

Planning to dig a hole or otherwise move the earth in Utah? It’s strongly in everyone’s interest, including your own, to contact Blue Stakes before you begin!

Our April Map of the Month post looks at some interesting map and time series data from Blue Stakes of Utah, an organization in which 580 Utah underground facilities-owning members participate, including, of course, most of the state’s broadband providers. Continue reading

March 2016 Map of the Month: Utah School Technology Study

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The March Map of the Month highlights UETN’s Utah School Technology Study.

This past Fall (2015), the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) commissioned a comprehensive, statewide technology inventory across Utah’s public and charter schools. Data was collected in November and December from 100% of Utah public schools, including charter schools, accounting for 989 schools serving nearly 627,000 students. Continue reading

Fall 2015 Provider Updates to Utah’s Broadband Map

utah broadband providers updatesLast fall, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team worked with 23 Utah broadband providers to update the residential broadband map. An additional 14 broadband providers confirmed no updates. This was the first time map updates were actively collected by the team since the Broadband Outreach Center was created and broadband provider participation was as high as it has been in the last 5 years. To learn more about the Center’s map data efforts, check out the data submission guidance webpage. Continue reading