The FCC has released a proposal to put an additional $500 million toward broadband funding. The funding would include $180 million for the current funding year for the nation’s smaller rate-of-return (ROR) and small rural carriers as well as other cooperatives. Continue reading
The 2018 general session of the Legislature kicks off on Monday, January 22nd so, our January 2018 Map of the Month, has an appropriate theme. This month, we’re taking a quick look at the distribution of residential broadband providers across Utah’s 104 state legislative districts. To do this we’ve overlaid the map coverage data provided by Utah broadband companies with the state’s House and Senate political district data.
At first, the results are a bit surprising as most of Utah’s 75 State House of Representatives and 29 State Senate districts have what may seem like a large number of broadband providers serving potions of their district’s constituents. House Districts average 11.6 broadband providers serving at least part of their district. Senate districts average 13.3 providers. Here’s a list of the residential broadband providers for each district. Continue reading
On December 29, the U.S. Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced that all 50 States as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virigin Islands have accepted the FirstNet proposals for their state and districts. Continue reading
Our December 2017 Map of the Month highlights Utah’s statewide “Address Point” map layer — a vital, statewide information asset. The Address Point map layer is a collection of all of the addressed properties in Utah, known to, and shared by county government.
But wait! Don’t go away just yet, as the story and impact of Utah’s Address Points has broad implications and appeal for broadband and beyond. It is, however, appropriate to mention right away that this data asset, at a state-level owes its beginning to the Broadband Outreach Center and the initial state broadband mapping and planning grant efforts led and administered by the Utah Public Service Commission. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission, on December 14, has voted to repeal the Net Neutrality rules along party lines. Continue reading
David J. Redl, a nominee of President Trump, was sworn in November 7 as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The vote was fairly unanimous from the Senate, viewing Redl’s experience in policy and political affairs as being a positive addition to the NTIA’s goals.
There are still quite a few areas in Utah that have a sole provider of high speed broadband service. This is more likely in rural communities and remote areas where it costs more to deploy broadband infrastructure and a smaller return is expected due to overall market size and demand.
Our November map of the month features Utah areas with a sole known provider of broadband service, using fixed technologies (wired or fixed wireless), that deliver an advertised download speed at or above 25 Mbps
This map was made from a combination of the commercial and residential broadband service data reported biannually to the Utah Broadband Outreach Center. A similar, but larger map (with more detail) is now in use as a starting point when state procurement staff are asked to explore sole source contracts for network services.