NTIA Explores Broadband Availability in New Report Series

Pete CodellaNews

NTIAThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced the release of a new set of reports, the Broadband Briefs series, that use publicly available data collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to examine broadband availability in greater detail.

The first report examines improvements in broadband availability by speed, technology and location since 2010. NTIA noted in January that most Americans (98 percent) now have access to basic broadband service, and that this report explores the change in availability over the last two years — and the consistency with which broadband speeds are now available across the country.

Utah achieved high rankings in several categories including access to speeds of 10 Mbps or higher (ranked 11th at 98.53 %), access to speeds of 25 Mbps or higher (ranked 13th at 90.71%), and access to speeds of 50 Mbps or higher (ranked 12th at 89.22%). 

The report also cited Utah as one of only three high ranking states who fall below the national population density level (population per square mile). Utah’s population density level is 33.6 compared to the national population density level of 87.4.

Click here to read the full report.