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All 50 States Opt-In to FirstNet

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

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

Redl Confirmed as NTIA Chief

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.

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