Tag Archives: Broadband

Fall 2015 Provider Updates to Utah’s Broadband Map

utah broadband providers updatesLast fall, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team worked with 23 Utah broadband providers to update the residential broadband map. An additional 14 broadband providers confirmed no updates. This was the first time map updates were actively collected by the team since the Broadband Outreach Center was created and broadband provider participation was as high as it has been in the last 5 years. To learn more about the Center’s map data efforts, check out the data submission guidance webpage. Continue reading

January 2016 Map of the Month: Broadband Access & Employment

Jan 2016 Map of the Month

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first 2016 installment of the Broadband Outreach Center’s Map of the Month series.

This month we’ve mashed up two state-by-state level datasets that, together, show relationships between access of high speed Internet and overall employment rates. The map color codes each state into one of nine classes, each of which considers broadband and employment rates together.

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December 2015 Map of the Month: New Online Map Gallery

online map gallerySince its inception in April 2012, over 40 maps have been published in the Utah Broadband Outreach Center‘s Map of the Month series. And, that’s in addition to the BOC’s mainstay maps like the residential broadband service map and locate.utah.gov, the commercial fiber availability map.  For this end of the year addition to the MOTM series, we have reorganized BOC maps and map apps into an all-in-one online map gallery. The gallery presents overview graphics and text descriptions for each map. Continue reading

Proposed Federal Legislation Updates

Seal_of_the_United_States_Congress.svgUpdated November 29, 2016

As the 114th Congress winds down, progress with proposed legislation has been extremely limited.  Recently, however, the House passed an amended Communications Act Update (S. 253) that contains a few bills that had previously passed the House, including:

Keep an eye on S. 253 to see how it progresses, and read the Benton Summary to see the full list of bills that were folded into the Communications Act Update.

Below you can find a running list of proposed legislation we have seen from the 114th Congress.  These bills and discussion drafts focus on auctioning spectrum, improving the deployment of conduit, streamlining the permitting process for use of federal lands, creating an inventory of federal assets and facilities related to broadband infrastructure, and making changes to the regulation of pole attachments.  When the 115th Congress begins, expect to see proposals for similar legislation that could impact broadband stakeholders.
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Utah Tribes and Businesses Receive USDA Grants

download (1)On September 30, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that PandoLabs in Park City, Epicenter in Green River, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and the Cedar Band of Paiutes will be the recipients of Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG). Rural Development State Director Dave Conine said that “these grants will support the emergence of small business in our rural communities, leading to to job growth and economic stability.” Continue reading

Pell Center Advocates State-Level Broadband Policy

Pell CenterThe Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy published an article this month, State-Level Broadband Policy: A Compendium of Resources and Approaches which outlines why broadband policy matters for civic participation, education, health care delivery, economic growth, worker training, and public safety. Angela Seifer, adjunct fellow at the Pell Center, wrote the article to synthesize several examples of successful state-level policies and recommend various best-practices for implementing robust broadband programs.

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