In an effort to increase broadband access in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced details of its upcoming Rural Broadband Experiments program.
Video of the Rural Broadband Workshop hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 19, 2014, is now available. The day-long workshop featured discussions on the unique challenges of broadband deployment and adoption in rural America.
In addition to broadband deployment and adoption, the workshop also included a discussion on the impact broadband has on education, healthcare and economic development. The workshop also explored different business models that have been used to deploy broadband in rural areas, including a discussion of the factors that drive investment decisions and technology choices of different types of providers in rural communities.
Utah was also featured in the discussion of what role states can have in meeting the rural broadband challenge. Ray Timothy, executive director for the Utah Education Network (UEN) was a panelist on the “State Strategies to Meet the Rural Broadband Challenge” discussion. This panel examined the important role that states can play in ensuring the availability and adoption of broadband in rural communities.
Click here to view the full video of the workshop.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched crowd-sourcing apps for Android and iOS mobile devices, designed to measure mobile broadband and contribute to an open data resource that can be used to assess performance across the nation.
The new apps accurately measure your mobile broadband performance and display an in-depth view of speed components (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss). They also keep a historical record of mobile speeds for comparison of performance over time.
The apps are an expansion of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program, which is designed to measure fixed and mobile broadband, giving the FCC greater clarity and competition to the broadband service marketplace. By installing and using these apps (download links are provided below), you can help to provide the information that is most needed to best target coverage and capacity expansion in the areas where you value broadband services the most.
Recently, the Utah Broadband Project contracted with Isotrope, LLC to conduct a statewide mobile broadband drive test, which was completed in November 2013. This drive test logged similar data with the FCC’s new app and continues to show Utah’s competitive advantages in broadband. The new apps are important because they will deliver a rich, public domain data set of actual speeds experienced by user’s across Utah.
The FCC has published multiple reports on broadband performance as part of Measuring Broadband America. Data from these tests done on the new apps will provide valuable information to consumers, industry and the FCC on the deployment of networks across the United States.
Download the apps on you smart device by clicking the links below:
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on potential experimental programs which will allow funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to go to rural broadband providers for pilot projects. These pilot projects will help the FCC learn what approaches work best for expanding broadband service in rural areas of the United States.
The FCC experiment is looking for diverse rural organizations including nonprofits, businesses and communities to tell the FCC how they would invest the CAF dollars in rural areas.
Organizations that wish to give input on which types projects should be eligible to receive funding from CAF may submit an expression of interest by March 7, 2014.
The Utah Broadband Project encourages interested providers and communities to apply. Please contact our project team with any questions.
Several organizations have created websites with resources to assist applicants in submitting Expressions of Interest:
The Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC) has produced a map of areas eligible for funding.