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.
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).
On February 5th, The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released its most recent quarterly report updating the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The report summarizes activities between April, 1-June, 30 of 2015, and it indicates BTOP initiatives are coming to close. Continue reading
Happy New Year and welcome to the first 2016 installment of the Broadband Outreach Center’s Map of the Month series.
This month we’ve mashed up two state-by-state level datasets that, together, show relationships between access of high speed Internet and overall employment rates. The map color codes each state into one of nine classes, each of which considers broadband and employment rates together.
Since its inception in April 2012, over 40 maps have been published in the Utah Broadband Outreach Center‘s Map of the Month series. And, that’s in addition to the BOC’s mainstay maps like the residential broadband service map and locate.utah.gov, the commercial fiber availability map. For this end of the year addition to the MOTM series, we have reorganized BOC maps and map apps into an all-in-one online map gallery. The gallery presents overview graphics and text descriptions for each map. Continue reading
The November 2015 Map of the Month shows, at a statewide scale, the current commercial fiber-based broadband service availability reported to the Broadband Outreach Center for inclusion on the locate.utah.gov site.
The Utah Economic Development Map (locate.utah.gov), which was released in May, features the availability of fiber broadband service together with other considerations attractive to relocating businesses such as utility, transportation, education, and recreation resources.
The fiber broadband service on this interactive web map is portrayed using 1 km hexagons (diameter), according to two general categories of service:
- Short Order Fiber Service Availability (typically within 30 days), and
- Custom Order Fiber Service (typically within 9 months).
As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the FCC has recently voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed from 4 megabits per second (Mbps) to 25 Mbps, and the minimum upload speed from 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps. Continue reading
As the 2015 Utah State Legislative Session begins, legislators may have questions about the telecommunications industry and broadband infrastructure. The State of Utah has 75 house districts and 29 senate districts, and the Utah Broadband Project’s interactive map is a great resource to help both legislators and constituents understand broadband availability in their districts.
More than ever, technology is transforming our economy and daily lives. Broadband is now referred to as the infrastructure of the twenty-first century, and is a key driver of economic growth and the quality of life for each citizen. A recent article by the Brooking Metro Policy Program highlighted how local policies and best practices play a clear role and the greatest opportunity for innovative thinking. Continue reading