Category Archives: Map of the Month

February 2018 Map of the Month: FCC’s New National Broadband Map

On February 22, the Federal Communications Commission updated the National Broadband Map, replacing the original map that was released seven years ago by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  The current map also has the ability to overlay satellite imagery.  The map is currently using data collected in December 2016 based on Form 477 filings that broadband providers must make with the FCC.  Continue reading

January Map of the Month: Residential Broadband Providers By Utah Legislative District

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.

Residential Provider Count, Utah Senate Districts

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

December Map of the Month: Utah’s Address Points, a Critical Digital Asset

Utah’s 1,182,944 address points (12/20/17)

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

November 2017 Map of the Month: Sole Provider Areas

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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.

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July 2017 Map of the Month: ‘Where’ for the Utah Residential Broadband Map

Residential Map Provider Requests Density May 1 – July 6 2017

Over 6 years ago the Utah Broadband Outreach Center first released the state’s Residential Broadband Map (original KSL press release).

Since then, Utah’s over 60 broadband providers have worked with the Broadband Outreach Center to provide up to date maps of broadband coverage and speeds so that residential users can discover and compare internet options at any given location in the state.

This month we look at how and where visitors to the site are using the residential broadband map, over a recent 2 month period (May 1 to June 6, 2017), to obtain broadband information. Continue reading