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
On Tuesday, November 6th, Governor Herbert announced that Utah has now opted in to using FirstNet for its Public Safety First Responders, making it the 31st state and territory to opt into this network. Continue reading
A Utah company will receive $16,687,000 in USDA Loans toward broadband infrastructure in rural and underserved areas. Continue reading
Utah is ranked #1 of the top ten in the nation for bridging the broadband gap within the state, according to the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Continue reading
UPlan: UDOT’s mapping portal
The August broadband map of the month is the collection of map data and viewers that comprise the UDOT UPlan interactive map website. This choice was inspired by a presentation at the most recent meeting of the Utah Broadband Advisory Council featured an innovative UDOT project to extend fiber optic broadband service using micro-trenching within the roadway.
Residential Map Provider Requests Density May 1 – July 6 2017
Over 6 years ago the Utah Broadband Outreach Center first released the state’s Residential Broadband Map (original KSL press release).
Since then, Utah’s over 60 broadband providers have worked with the Broadband Outreach Center to provide up to date maps of broadband coverage and speeds so that residential users can discover and compare internet options at any given location in the state.
This month we look at how and where visitors to the site are using the residential broadband map, over a recent 2 month period (May 1 to June 6, 2017), to obtain broadband information. 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
FirstNet coverage objective map (v.1.0) for the western US.
The federal-level First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network on January 13.
Click to open new residential broadband map
The Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) released an updated residential broadband map today, providing an enhanced tool to help businesses and consumers locate available services in their communities.
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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.