Broadband Mapping Data Update: Fall 2014

Pete CodellaNews

BBMap_SpeedsSmall_fixedThe Utah Broadband Project’s mapping team has completed their twice yearly update to Utah’s broadband mapping coverage database. In October, the team submitted the updated database to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The updates have been incorporated into the Utah Broadband Map, and the project’s maps and data resources page has been updated. The data is available for download here.

Utah’s broadband mapping data wouldn’t be possible without all the hard work of broadband providers in Utah. Utah’s broadband landscape is constantly changing, and the project appreciates all the hard work by providers to keep the maps up to date.

In the most recent update round the project team received data updates from 25 broadband providers. The updates of note are summarized below:

New partners to the project:

  • Cogent Communications (business service only provider)
  • Google Fiber (residential service only provider)
  • Interlinx Communications (business service only provider)

Fixed broadband (DSL, cable, fiber to the home, and fixed wireless) updates:

  • CentraCom: Expanded cable coverage in Hinckley, Fairview and Mount Pleasant.
  • Emery Telcom: Increased residential DSL speeds in Hanksville, and increased maximum advertised residential fiber to the home speeds.
  • Frontier: Updated speeds near Blanding, Tremonton, Bear River City and Meadow.
  • Google Fiber: New provider to the market.
  • I Web Conn: Increased fixed wireless speeds.
  • InfoWest: Increased fixed wireless speeds.
  • Keystone: Expanded fixed wireless coverage into Davis and Weber counties.
  • Level 3 (business only): Expanded coverage in small pockets in Cache, Davis, Iron, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah and Weber counties.
  • Senawave: Added business level service speeds, and expanded coverage in Salt Lake County.
  • South Central: Increased DSL speeds in sections in or near Alton, Hildale, Elk Ridge, Enterprise, Newcastle, Beryl Junction, Hatch, Kanab, Kingston, Marysvale, Duck Creek and Panguitch.
  • Strata Networks: Increased cable upload speeds in Vernal, and increased fiber speeds and coverage areas in outlying areas of the Uintah Basin.
  • Syringa Networks (business only): Expanded coverage area, most notably near Brigham City, Smithfield, West Haven, Syracuse, North Salt Lake, northwestern Salt Lake City, Holladay, West Jordan and Sandy.
  • Vivint Wireless: Expanded coverage in Salt Lake County.

Mobile Broadband Updates:

  • AT&T: Expanded coverage into Rich County for the first time around Bear Lake and Randolph, updated to 4G speeds in the areas around Vernal and Cedar City, and updated to 3G-speeds across rural areas in Utah, including along I-80 in Tooele County.
  • Sprint: Updated to 4G speeds in Salt Lake and Utah Counties, updated to 3G-speeds across Salt Lake and Utah Counties, and in and around Tooele, Heber, Park City, Tremonton, and Logan.
  • Verizon: Updated to 4G speeds in select areas in rural Utah.

Broadband Provider Acquisitions:

  • AT&T acquired LEAP
  • South Central Communications acquired Xpressweb
  • TDS Telecom acquired Baja Broadband
  • Vivint acquired Wildfire Broadband