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November 2017 Map of the Month: Sole Provider Areas

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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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Spring 2017 Updates to Center’s Broadband Maps

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

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

May 2016 Map of the Month: Utah Population Growth Estimates

MoM_May2016 Utah population growth

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

Jan 15 Map of the Month: Visualizing Broadband Drive Tests


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

April 2014 Map of the Month: Utah Broadband Landscape at a Glance

Twice a year, the Utah Broadband Project updates the statewide broadband coverage map data. Utah’s latest update was submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on April 1, 2014. All mapping updates by broadband providers and the Project’s mapping team are recorded in this summary of changes document.

In light of this latest update, April’s map of the month focuses on the current broadband landscape in Utah. BBMap_SpeedsSmall_fixed

Maximum Advertised Download Speeds

For each provider, and each technology (cable, DSL, etc), Utah maps the maximum advertised download and upload speeds at the census block level. The maps linked at right show the latest maximum download speed a residential user can subscribe to across Utah.

The first map shows the maximum download speeds a user can get through a fixed broadband connection. Fixed broadband includes DSL, cable, fiber, and fixed wireless. In general, residential users connect to fixed broadband for their home internet service. The second map shows the maximum download speeds available via a mobile device, like a smart phone or tablet, along Utah’s major highway corridors.

Taken together, these two maps paint the picture of all fixed and mobile broadband providers for residential-level consumers.

Broadband Use Cases

To better understand the type of service a residential user has access to throughout Utah, the Project defined three use cases based on maximum advertised download and upload speeds, and what functionality a user can expect at each case level.

  • Case2Case 1 Basic Consumer Broadband (3 Mbps download, 768 Kbps upload): Allows for basic broadband internet functionality, such as browsing webpages and checking email.
  • Case 2 Home Office/Education Broadband (10 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload): Allows for basic functionality, plus satisfactory HD video streaming and photo upload and download.
  • Case 3 High Capacity Broadband  (25 Mbps download, 10 Mbps upload): Allows for residential and small businesses with high volume usage.



Number of Fixed Broadband Providers 

The number of broadband providers available per block is also a part of Utah’s broadband landscape. The maps linked at right illustrate the number of broadband providers capable of providing a fixed broadband connection at a defined advertised speed threshold to residential consumers across the state. These maps do not include mobile wireless providers.



For a more in depth look at the broadband landscape in Utah, visit Utah’s interactive broadband map. The map enables users to discover what providers are available and what speeds they advertise at a specific location entered by address or map click. The Data Filter interface allows inspection of service areas for specific providers, technology types, advertised speeds, and targeted market (residential and/or business users).

All maps are available on the map resources page.