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.
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
This month’s maps explore two important areas that illustrate the important goal of having all Utah communities equipped with high speed broadband service.
The first maps look at usage patterns for online government services and information that is accessed directly from the main utah.gov website. The second set of maps depict the distribution of education enrollment for students attending virtual charter schools where the curriculum is taught entirely online. Continue reading
Utah’s population is on track to more than double by 2060, making it crucial to build and design critical infrastructure with the current, and future, population in mind. This month’s map shows the estimated percent growth for each of Utah’s census designated populated places over three time periods, 2010-2020, 2010-2040, and 2010-2060. The circle sizes on the map represent the percent growth for each of the 3 time periods, with the lightest circles being the 2010-2020 time period, and the darkest circles being the 2010-2060 time period. Continue reading
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has recognized Utah as an “Innovation Champion.” This designation was given to Utah and 12 other states showing strength in 10 competencies necessary for technology innovation. Utah is one of five states to be given top marks for its fast Internet speeds, and earned the highest grade in the West with an A-. Continue reading
Planning to dig a hole or otherwise move the earth in Utah? It’s strongly in everyone’s interest, including your own, to contact Blue Stakes before you begin!
Our April Map of the Month post looks at some interesting map and time series data from Blue Stakes of Utah, an organization in which 580 Utah underground facilities-owning members participate, including, of course, most of the state’s broadband providers. Continue reading
On March 4th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new Consumer Broadband Labels in hopes of improving transparency for fixed and mobile broadband consumers. The new “Broadband Facts” labels draw influence from nutrition labels, utilizing an easily recognizable format to better reach consumers. The labels will provide information about price and performance for consumers. Continue reading
The newly updated Lifeline Program will now help low income Americans access high-speed Internet. Voted on by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) March 31, the proposal will allow qualifying consumers to use the $9.25 monthly Lifeline subsidy for stand-alone broadband and bundled mobile voice and data plans. Continue reading