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.
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
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).
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
A new feature of the Data Explorer mapping tool created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) illustrates just how important it is for Utah to remain a national broadband leader. The tool compiles and visualizes data collected by the NTIA dating back to 1998, and the results show that Utah has been leading the pack for Internet adoption and use since the NTIA starting collecting data. Continue reading
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.
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