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
The Utah Broadband Project will be hosting a booth at Maps on the Hill on January 28 at the Utah State Capitol. This is a great opportunity for the public and legislators to learn about the Utah Broadband Project and the importance of broadband to Utah’s economy. Continue reading
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will be hosting their final webinar on February 3, 2015 about the Community Connect Grant Program, which helps to enhance telecommunications and broadcast services in rural areas of the United States. Continue reading
Salt Lake City has proposed changes to its Utility Box Ordinance, to ensure that the city has reliable access to telecommunication networks and communication services, while ensuring installations are achieved in a manner that preserves the aesthetic qualities of the community. The city recommends that parties submit comments by December 2, 2014. Continue reading
According to a new report, “Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013” released by the U.S. Census, Utah is ranked number one in the nation for the percentage (94.9 percent) of residents who live in a home with a computer. Continue reading
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has teamed with US Ignite to provide the Global City Teams Challenge. This challenge aims to advance technology in the direction of developing smart cities/communities. Continue reading