The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is collaborating with eight states, including Utah, to broaden and contribute updates to the national broadband availability map.
The updated maps will be used by policymakers to give them a deeper understanding of which parts of the country lack broadband access.
“We are pleased to have been targeted as initial participants in the NTIA national map update. Because of the foresight of the governor, the Utah State Legislature, and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, broadband availability across the state is very robust. We’re proud to share these valuable community and economic development tools,” says Ginger Chinn, managing director for Urban and Rural Business Services at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
The initial eight state partners were chosen because they are geographically diverse, participate in NTIA’s State Broadband Leaders Network, have active state broadband plans or programs, and were willing to contribute data that can be combined with nationwide data sources.
The initial map will include available nationwide data for every state combined with state-level data from the eight states.
Other states chosen to contribute data and other inputs to the map include California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.