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December 2016 Map of the Month: Residential Access of 100+ Mbps

Click to open December 2016's map: Percent of Address Points with a Maximum Download Speed of at Least 100 Mbps

Click to open December 2016’s map: Percent of Address Points with a Maximum Download Speed of at Least 100 Mbps

As we wrap up another year of monthly broadband themed maps, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team decided to create a holiday themed map showing the percentage of address points covered by at least 100 Mbps download. Continue reading

The Future of the Internet

PI_14_05_13_futureThings_260x260-copyThe Pew Research Center Internet Project recently released a report about the future of the Internet by 2025. The report titled, “Digital Life in 2025: The Internet of Things will Thrive by 2025” predicts that the Internet will increasingly become more “like electricity” in coming years for the average American.

In total, 1,867 experts and stakeholders responded to an open-ended question about the future of the Internet by 2025. Respondents of the survey expect the Internet will be more relevant in many places such as homes, environment, communities, goods and services, as well as mobile devices.

The report highlights the ever increasing need for high-speed broadband infrastructure and includes comments from Avery Holton, an assistant professor and researcher at the University of Utah.

Click here to read the full report.

FCC Plans to Set New Net Neutrality Rules – Seeks Public Comment

fcc-logo_dark-blueThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to advance a proposal that has a far reaching impact on the future of the Internet. Known as net neutrality, the FCC is proposing rules that would prevent Internet service providers from charging specific websites for high-quality delivery of their content to consumers.

The proposal seeks to address a long standing question of the role of public policy and the ability of the FCC to enact regulation to retain an “open” Internet.

The FCC is now allowing for public comments on the proposal before moving the forward on a new set rules.

Comments will be accepted until September 10, 2014.

New FCC Mobile Speed Test Apps for iOS and Android

app1The 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: