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.
Utah’s average connection speeds are internationally competitive, as seen by Akamai Technologies’ Third Quarter 2016 State of the Internet Report. With Utah’s above average internet access, and large reliance on broadband internet use, customers are increasingly seeking faster speeds.
The map represents the percentage of known addressed properties (address points) with residential access of at least 100 Mbps download by one or more providers. The percentages are aggregated at the municipality and county levels. Municipalities tend to have access to faster residential speeds than more rural and unincorporated areas, and the comparison at the county level to municipality level is important to keep in mind for broadband access analysis and planning.
For example, over 75% of address points in Monticello and Blanding have access to 100 Mbps or more download. However, countywide in San Juan (where both municipalities are located), less than 50% of address points have access to 100 Mbps download. On the flipside, there are also a few locations in the state where a large percentage of address points have access to 100 Mbps download countywide, but some of the (usually small) municipalities do not have access to the faster speeds, such as Howell in Box Elder County.
Look for more broadband coverage analysis as we update our information with the latest broadband speeds. Have a good holiday, and see you next year!