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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.
On Thursday, November 9th, a “state-of-the-art” broadband network operations center was unveiled at the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) on the University of Utah campus. Continue reading
A Utah company will receive $16,687,000 in USDA Loans toward broadband infrastructure in rural and underserved areas. Continue reading
Locate.utah.gov virtual map has recently released a video discussing the virtual map, the availability of SURE sites information, and more quality data that is critical to business’s success in Utah. Continue reading
On October 13 ConnectHome with the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City hosted a celebration referred to as Bridging the Gap that distributed 300 computers and mobile hotspots. Bridging the Gap is a partnership between PCs for People and Mobile Beacon to provide low income individuals and families with high-class technology that can be instrumental to break them from the cycle of poverty. Continue reading
Our September map of the month revisits a topic that we explored in October of 2014 — how Utah’s broadband coverage is overrepresented in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Form 477 broadband maps. This is a policy issue and one that certainly impacts most if not all states.
The FCC has released a NPRM to revise it’s current Form 477 that collects voice and broadband data. The comment period ends on September 25, 2017.
UPlan: UDOT’s mapping portal
The August broadband map of the month is the collection of map data and viewers that comprise the UDOT UPlan interactive map website. This choice was inspired by a presentation at the most recent meeting of the Utah Broadband Advisory Council featured an innovative UDOT project to extend fiber optic broadband service using micro-trenching within the roadway.
According to a new report, availability for accessible and affordable voice and broadband services is still one of the largest issues for rural and low-income America.
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