The Utah Broadband Project Team recently attended the Tri-State Telecommunications Conference in Jackson, WY. The conference focused on issues relevant to independent and mostly rural telecommunications providers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Many of the sessions focused on the impact that changes to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) will have on these providers. Several speakers also offered advice on increasing revenues by offering new services to existing and future customers.
During the conference, the Project Team hosted a booth which displayed broadband coverage maps highlighting availability by spread, technology type, provider service area, and in relationship to population distribution.
Stacey Brigham, a Regulatory Consultant at TCA, gave a presentation on the impacts of USF reform on telecommunications providers.
Dr. Anne M. Alexander, the Director of International Programs for the University of Wyoming, gave a presentation on the economic outlooks of Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Troy Babbitt, the Enterprise Broadband Coordinator for the State of Wyoming, gave an update on Wyoming’s State Broadband Initiative (a fellow SBI grantee).