Summary of Findings Regarding Broadband Availability in Utah


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August 2011 handout summarizing broadband availability statistics for the State of Utah

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Summary of Findings Regarding Broadband Availability in Utah

  1. 1. Utah Broadband Project:Summary of Findings RegardingBroadband Availability in UtahAugust 2011For the past year, the Utah Broadband Project has been gathering data from Utah broadband providersregarding the availability of residential broadband services throughout the entire state. With 100% ofbroadband providers participating and verifying data in some way, Utah’s current dataset represents anunprecedented attempt to gather, validate and analyze broadband availability data at the state-level.With the recent release of portions of the 2010 U.S. Census data, the Project’s GIS Mapping Team wasable to isolate data regarding households still lacking basic broadband access. Below is a summary offindings from that analysis.The release of this data marks an important milestone for the Utah Broadband Project and its partners.This data will be used by policy makers, broadband providers, and other stakeholders to make moreinformed and pertinent decisions regarding the potential for increasing broadband expansion efforts, aswell as targeting areas still in need of more access to advanced broadband services.To learn more about the methodology used for this summary and to download this data in EXCEL format, please visit WORKING DRAFT-NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION Page 1
  2. 2. Summary of Findings99.67% of Utah households are served by broadband Approximately 3,187 Utah householdsstill lack broadband access .33% of Utahhouseholdsare completely unserved by broadband Out of 246 incorporated cities/towns in Utah,approximately 177 have some form of broadband service provided to every household98.56% of Utah households have a choice of two or more broadband providers 99.15% have mobile wireless service available 94.07% have fixed wireless service available 94.32% have DSL service available 87.29% have cable service available 11.93% have fiber service availableWayne County has the highest percentage, at18.04%, of unserved households in the state(representing only 278 households) 15.36% are unserved in San Juan County (859 HHs) 5.22% in Garfield County (163 HHs) 3.64% in Kane County (178 HHs) 2.59% in Piute County (22 HHs) This 5-county, Southeastern portion of the state has a total population of 31,373. For comparison, Salt Lake County’s population is 1,029,386 and Summit County’s 36,202Out of Utah’s 29 counties, 14 entire counties lack any residential fiber access 52.01% of Box Elder County households have access to Fiber broadband access 115, 257 Households in Utah have residential fiber access available, or 11.93% of the total HHsFive of Utah’s 29 counties lack any broadband access from fixed wirelessproviders (Carbon, Duchesne, Rich, Uintah, and Wayne Counties) 99.9% of Davis County, 99.76% of Cache County, and 99.21% of Salt Lake County have access to fixed wireless broadband 111 Utah cities, with both urban and rural representation have fixed wireless broadband available to 100% of households in their city.8/17/2011 WORKING DRAFT-NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION Page 2
  3. 3. Use-case scenario results 99.41% of Utah households have “basic consumer” broadband service available 88.46% of Utahhouseholds have “home office/entertainment” broadband service available 79.12% of Utahhouseholds have “higher capacity” broadband service availableThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerceand the Federal Communications Commission currently define broadband as 768 kilobits per second(Kbps). While this initial attempt to define “broadband” is a step in the right direction, the UtahBroadband Project Team has chosen to identify availability by certain categories classified by downloadand upload speeds typically required to perform basic to advanced online-based activities. Thesecategories are defined below:Case #1: Basic Consumer3 Mbps down/768 Kbps upThe Basic Consumer performs basic Internet functions such as using email, making voice-over IP phonecalls, viewing or streaming standard definition online video, paying bills online, or web surfing.Examples: Teleworkers, students doing research for homework, family with basic Internet usage.Case #2: Home Office/Entertainment10 Mbps down/3 Mbps upThe Home Office/Entertainment consumer performs more advanced functions such as two-way videoconferencing, streaming high-definition online programming, transferring larger files in a timely manner,light online gaming, or running multiple Internet-based applications simultaneously.Examples: Smart Grid users, light-use gamers, students accessing lectures online, online photo-sharing.Case #3: Higher Capacity25 Mbps down/10 Mbps upThe Higher Capacity consumer demands network capabilities that support very fast file transfers, runscommercial grade Internet-based applications, or has needs for extremely high-definition two-wayaudio/video streaming.Examples: Remote patient monitoring, heavy-use gamers, heavy digital media consumers, small-officebusiness needs for multiple users.8/17/2011 WORKING DRAFT-NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION Page 3