st. George — The Utah Broadband Center, an initiative of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, announced Tuesday the launch of “Connecting Utah,” a processing plan aimed at providing high-speed internet to all Utah residents.
Utah will receive project funding through the federal Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program and the Digital Equity Act to expand access to affordable high-speed Internet in unserved and underserved areas of the state. has formulated a five-year action plan.
Gov. Spencer J. Cox said in a news release: “High-speed internet gives our communities access to online opportunities for jobs, education, healthcare, commerce and other services essential to quality of life.”
Many Utahans do not have access to high speed internet. Affordability issues, along with a lack of infrastructure, devices and digital skills, make it difficult for some Utahans to access online resources. According to the 2021 American Social Survey, more than 70,000 Utah households do not have internet connectivity. Additionally, there is no high speed or broadband internet access.
The state of Utah is ready to answer, and the Utah State Library Department said they would be happy to help.
“Together with the Broadband Center, we will continue to serve as a leader in the state’s planning process for fully digital connectivity,” said state librarian and division director Chaundra Johnson in a news release. . “We will ensure that all Utahns are on board with this plan. Together, the tools for success in the 21st century are in the hands of all Utahns where they belong.” I guarantee.”
Next year, the Utah Broadband Center will work with stakeholders, communities and tribal members to identify areas with little or no access to high-speed internet and develop strategies to increase internet access in those areas. Release then said.
These strategies are then included in a statewide five-year action plan. Once the plan is complete, the state will apply for additional funding. broadband stock access A deployment program to implement these strategies and increase Utah’s broadband infrastructure.
The Center is asking the public for help in identifying areas lacking digital connectivity.The public can visit and provide information this website Or call 435-264-8880.
The Broadband Equity Access and Adoption Program, administered by the US Department of Commerce and the US Telecommunications and Information Administration, funds projects that help expand high-speed Internet access and use.
according to “Everyone’s Internet” This $42.45 billion program provides Internet access to priority areas, such as underserved locations with no access to 25/3 Mbps and underserved locations with no access to 100/20 Mbps. intended to expand.
read more about Office of Economic Opportunity Online.