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.
All Spring 2017 broadband coverage and speed updates submitted to the Center’s mapping team have been updated in the residential and commercial broadband map webapps. Thank you to everybody who participated, the success of these maps is dependent on broadband providers sharing updates on the services that they provide — services that consistently put Utah at the top of broadband availability rankings. Continue reading
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.
For February’s Map of the Month, we take a look at broadband infrastructure along the Point of the Mountain. Following the decision to relocate the Utah State Prison, new coordinated efforts are taking place to create a comprehensive and strategic development plan for the area stretching south from Sandy through Lehi to Saratoga Springs. Continue reading
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
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
The Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) released an updated residential broadband map today, providing an enhanced tool to help businesses and consumers locate available services in their communities.
Utah often ranks high in national (and international) studies on access to fast broadband Internet speeds. Most recently, Utah was ranked 4th in the nation for broadband speeds. This month, our maps compare Utah’s maximum advertised speeds with the rest of the country.
In preparation for the Fall 2013 Data Submission to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Utah Broadband Project worked with 54 broadband providers over the last few months to either update their service areas and information, or confirm the accuracy of what the Project currently has mapped.
All updates are now on the state’s interactive map. Other maps illustrating Utah’s broadband landscape are available on the other maps and resources page. There is also a link on that page to download the broadband GIS data.
There are 4 new broadband providers partnering on the project:
- Farmer’s Telephone, that serves Hovenweep National Monument
- Neighborhood ISP, a fixed wireless provider in Utah County
- Wildfire Broadband, a fixed wireless provider who acquired Skywire and AltaZip and serves southern and central Utah
- Charter Communications, who acquired Bresnan Communications and provides cable service in Cedar City
Thirty two broadband providers updated their service area by either expanding their service area and/or increasing maximum advertised speeds. Notable updates include:
- Digis acquired Beehive’s fixed wireless service in the Tooele and Wendover areas, and Rapidwave.
- CentraCom added cable service in four towns in Millard County, and one town in Sevier county.
- Manti Telephone and CentraCom added commercial service to their data. Note that commercial areas are not on our interactive broadband map, but are submitted to the NTIA and used for analysis.
- AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon expanded 4G service.
This data preparation round included an increased emphasis on verification of current broadband mapping data. The Project’s mapping team worked closely with seven broadband providers to thoroughly verify service area. This process included using address points to highlight covered areas vs. uncovered areas, the interactive map, and on-site meetings. The Project hopes to continue this increased verification check with these providers, and expand the process to other broadband providers.