The Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) held its fourth meeting January 23rd and 24th. The working groups/subcommittees presented reports and recommendation for best practice and language on updated broadband-related code. 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
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
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
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.