From the White House:
We Can’t Wait: President Obama Signs Executive Order to Make Broadband Construction Faster and Cheaper White House Also Announces 100-Partner “US Ignite” Broadband Initiative
Tomorrow, the President will sign an Executive Order to make broadband construction along Federal roadways and properties up to 90 percent cheaper and more efficient. Currently, the procedures for approving broadband infrastructure projects on properties controlled or managed by the Federal Government—including large tracts of land, roadways, and more than 10,000 buildings across the Nation—vary depending on which agency manages the property. The new Executive Order will ensure that agencies charged with managing Federal properties and roads take specific steps to adopt a uniform approach for allowing broadband carriers to build networks on and through those assets and speed the delivery of connectivity to communities, businesses, and schools.
“Building a nationwide broadband network will strengthen our economy and put more Americans back to work,” said President Obama. “By connecting every corner of our country to the digital age, we can help our businesses become more competitive, our students become more informed and our citizens become more engaged.”
The White House is also announcing that nearly 100 partners—including more than 25 cities as well as corporate and non-profit entities—will join with more than 60 national research universities to form a new public-private partnership called “US Ignite.” The US Ignite Partnership will create a new wave of services that take advantage of state-of-the-art, programmable broadband networks running up to 100 times faster than today’s Internet. By bringing software developers and engineers from government and industry together with representatives from communities, schools, hospitals, and other institutions that will benefit from faster and more agile broadband options, the partnership aims to speed up and increase the development of applications for advanced manufacturing, medical monitoring, emergency preparedness, and a host of other services. These applications will improve services to Americans and drive job creation, promote innovation, and create new markets for American businesses.
To see additional details on public and private commitments related to US Ignite see the detailed Fact Sheet HERE.
The Utah Broadband Project will use the funding to expand broadband mapping and planning efforts in the State.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced this week that our project will receive a supplemental grant award in the amount of $3.1 million.
“I am excited to support the Utah Broadband Project, which is important because it will provide a clear map to assess the unserved and underserved areas in the State,” Governor Herbert said. “This is yet another milestone in a series of milestones to strengthen economic development opportunities in Utah, not only in our rural areas, but across the entire State.”
With the additional funding, the Project will extend its lifespan from two years to five years; support a research survey on broadband demand and Internet usage; provide for local outreach related to increasing broadband adoption; establish one additional staff member to support the existing project staff; identify and implement best practices related to data collection, integration, and validation; and leverage state-to-county relationships and Utah’s 911 Committee to develop a statewide address file.
Click here to view the full press release on the award.