December 2012 Map of the Month: The Utah Education Network

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The Utah Education Network (UEN) connects Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and provides quality educational resources. In spite of Utah’s size and extensive remote, rural areas, UEN is one of the nation’s most premiere education networks. This month’s map shows the locations and connection speeds of the 813 sites where data and/or video broadband services …

Utah Broadband Project/UEN Partner to Offer E-Rate Trainings

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Sabrina Scott is the Utah State E-Rate Coordinator for the Utah Education Network. The E-Rate Program is a critical funding component for Utah schools’ and libraries’ broadband Internet access, generating roughly $20 million per year to help pay for services to these institutions. This year, as the State E-Rate Coordinator at the Utah Education Network (UEN), I worked with the Utah Broadband Project to …

Utah Broadband Project Featured at Legislative Outreach Day

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The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), together with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, the World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah), and the Utah Office of Energy Development (OED), who are now co-located at the World Trade Center Utah building, hosted their first Legislative Outreach Day. The Legislative Outreach Day was the first opportunity for many …

Fall 2012 Broadband Data Submission

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On October 1, 2012, the Utah Broadband Project submitted the latest broadband mapping dataset for Utah to the NTIA. There are now 46 broadband providers in Utah working with the Project. Thirty broadband providers submitted broadband service updates for the October 1 update. Here are a few updates of note for this round: This submission was the  first time the …

Changes to Our Project Team

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We want to give a special thanks to two of our Utah Broadband Project Team members who are moving on to pursue exciting new opportunities. Christy Heaton, one of the Project’s main GIS analysts, has moved to Seattle to pursue a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Washington. Her husband, Sean, has also accepted a position …

June 2012 Map of the Month – National Parks

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The third installment in our Map of the Month series… Utah’s five national parks draw in visitors from all over the world. For our June Map of the Month, The Utah Broadband Project decided to see how well national parks are connected to wireless broadband infrastructure in Utah. Using provider-submitted wireless coverage areas along with our July 2011 wireless field …

UPDATE: Mobile Library Analysis

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A follow up on April’s Map of the Month… In April, the Utah Broadband Project Team created a map and table highlighting mobile library stops that are not currently capable of providing Internet to patrons. We compared these mobile library stops to wireless service areas as given to us by providers, as well as the results of our mobile drive …

May 2012 Map of the Month – FCC Mobility Fund Reverse Auction

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The second installment in our new Map of the Month series… Phase 1 of the FCC’s Mobility Fund reverse auction “will provide one-time support to accelerate our nation’s ongoing efforts to close gaps in mobile wireless service.” The FCC will soon seek bids for providing 3G equivalent broadband service to pre-determined unserved areas of the country. The funding for this …

April 2012 Map of the Month – Mobile Libraries

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This month the Utah Broadband Project is starting a new Map of the Month series. The series will highlight broadband availability and other pertinent issues using context from Utah’s rich collection of digital mapping data. Utah State Library Mobile Libraries (bookmobiles) provide library services as well as Internet access to those living in rural communities.  For some citizens, this is the …

2011 Rural TeleCon Conference

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Our Project Team recently attended the 2011 Rural TeleCon Conference in Raleigh, NC where we were able to hear from other broadband advocates to learn about innovative ideas to expand broadband resources and technology training being implemented across the Nation. Several states and localities have developed programs to help individuals and small businesses gain access to better broadband, equipment and …