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.
Residential Provider Count, Utah Senate Districts
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
Utah’s 1,182,944 address points (12/20/17)
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
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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.
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Our October Map of the Month depicts proficiency rates, from the Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests conducted across Utah’s 41 school districts.
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.
UPlan: UDOT’s mapping portal
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.
Click to open map of the month: tax entities density
Local and special service districts are an important user constituency for broadband services. In addition to broadband use at district headquarters, many are also dependent on broadband for field and infrastructure operations.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Utah Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Bus, the Broadband Outreach Center recently did an analysis of residential broadband coverage in each of the state’s 41 school districts. In this month’s maps, the percentage of addressed properties with 3 levels of residential broadband service, is shown for each school district (see summary table also).
The July 2016 Map of the Month mashes Utah’s map layer of addressed property locations with the highest advertised speeds for residential class broadband service statewide. The results show, in map and graph format, another way to measure the level of basic service available to Utah residents, visitors, and small business. Continue reading
Click to open the May 2016 Map of the Month
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