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
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
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
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
Akamai’s recently released Fourth Quarter State of the Internet Report for 2015 shows Utah has maintained its top spot as the fastest state in the West, and ranks 8th worldwide for fastest average speeds. Utah currently ranks 5th in the nation for average speeds with 17.9 megabits per second. Continue reading
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.
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
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.
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.
- Case 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.
This month the Project’s mapping team compared how advertised broadband speeds have changed since the beginning of the Utah Broadband Project. The comparison goes from Fall 2010 – Fall 2013. Fall 2010 was the first data collection round in which all of the known broadband providers participated with the mapping arm of the Project by providing their service areas and associated speeds and technologies. The most recently collected provider data is for Fall 2013 and is ready and waiting to be submitted to the NTIA and FCC when they re-open for business.
While the detailed GIS-based broadband data collected by the Project is available down to the block level, we’ve chosen to aggregate the data to the 326 cities, towns, and populated places used by the Census Bureau. This makes the differences in reported broadband capacity easier to visualize quickly, accommodates for minor differences that may by due the precision of the data reported (which keeps getting better every submission), and it allows us to better assign population numbers to the changes.
To map the change in speeds, the maps shows how much a place’s broadband download speeds have increased by in the last three years. The bigger the circles, the more that place’s speeds have increased since 2010.
The first map (blue-grey map background) shows the increase in the reported fixed broadband download speeds by the change in the number of NTIA speed tier intervals. This map is relevant to site-specific broadband use via fixed wireless, cable, DSL, and fiber optic connections.
The second map (brick red map background) shows the amount of increase in the reported mobile broadband download speeds by the change in the number of NTIA speed tier intervals. This applies to service used by smartphones, aircards, and similar devices
There’s a bit more to this analysis than is shown on the maps. We’ve put these statistics and more into a Google Spreadsheet that also shows the number of providers, the maximum available download speed, and the differences in these indicators from fall 2010 to fall 2013. 2010 Census population is also listed for each community.