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January Map of the Month: Residential Broadband Providers By Utah Legislative District

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

December Map of the Month: Utah’s Address Points, a Critical Digital Asset

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

May 2015 Map of the Month: Qualifying CAF II Areas

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FCC – Connect America Phase II – Final Eligible Areas Map

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced nearly $1.7 billion to price cap carriers to expand and support broadband service in rural areas as part of Connect American Fund Phase II (CAF II). The funding will go to support networks that can deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, as long as areas have no competitors offering at least 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, and the cost of providing service according to the cost model is between $52.50-$207.81. Continue reading

Jan 15 Map of the Month: Visualizing Broadband Drive Tests

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Best Download Speed (any provider) from November 2013

The Utah Broadband Project contracted with Isotrope, LLC to perform a mobile broadband drive test along over 6,000 miles of Utah’s highways and major roads. This dataset was used for comparison purposes to verify coverage areas and speed data submitted to the Project,the NTIA and FCC. The dataset is also useful as it provides insight,, albeit at the time of collection only, in to typical network performance that consumers experience.

Since the speed test platform collected observations every second (or every 15 seconds in the case of the 2013 4G/LTE-specific tests) for each provider, the raw dataset is quite large, with millions of data points. The dataset was difficult to analyze, visualize, and compare because of the sheer number and the density of observation points.

In an effort to create a summary product from the raw data files, a unique approach was taken that aggregates observations to road segments of a near uniform size (0.5 miles). Continue reading