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Now Accepting Individual Speed Test Challenges

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Individuals must submit the speed test survey 3 different times, each on a different day, with the same internet service provider, and at the same address. 

Pre-register for State Broadband Challenge Portal Access

The portal will officially open once Initial Proposal Volume 1 obtains NTIA approval.

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Utah’s Last Chance to Identify Eligible Locations for Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Federal Grant Funding

The Utah Broadband Center will host a statewide broadband challenge process to identify locations without reliable high-speed broadband internet in early 2024. These locations will be eligible for future Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) grant funds to install broadband infrastructure. “BEAD-eligible locations” refer to homes, businesses, and certain public facilities without reliable high-speed internet access. UBC will use the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband map and definition of “unserved” and “underserved” to create a  map of broadband serviceable locations in Utah.

 

The Utah Broadband Center (UBC) will allow eligible entities to challenge the accuracy of the BEAD-eligible locations in Utah. Eligible entities, which include local and Tribal governments, nonprofits, and internet service providers, will be able to view this map and challenge the designation of these locations.

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Here's what you need to know:

 

The BEAD State Challenge Process will begin once Utah's Initial Proposal Volume 1 has obtained NTIA approval. Preparing for the challenge can take time, so we encourage participants to start now. Eligible entities are encouraged to pre-register for State Broadband Challenge Portal access here

For general information regarding the challenge process, see the BEAD Challenge Fact Sheet here. For more information and training regarding the broadband availability challenge process, view our latest Connecting Utah Call.

View recorded calls below:

Who can participate?

 

The following parties are allowed to submit challenges per the NTIA:

 

  • Non-profit organizations

  • Units of local and Tribal governments

  • Internet Service Providers

 

How to get involved:

       Submit Speed Tests

UBC has started accepting individual challenges as of February 6th. The date for area or bulk challenge submissions will be announced. If your entity will be submitting area speed test challenges and/or are a recipient of the Transcend International grant, please review “Guidance for Area Speed Test Challenges” below.

  • Individual Speed Test Challenges

    • To successfully submit a speed test, individuals must submit the speed test survey 3 different times, on 3 different days, with the same internet service provider and at the same address. Visit the bottom of the portal page or select the direct link to the speed test survey below.

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       Register for the Challenge Process Portal

This portal includes registration for eligible entities and speed test surveys for individuals.

       Review the BEAD Challenge Process Fact Sheet

       Review Utah’s Initial Proposal Volume 1

The Initial Proposal Volume 1 outlines the State Challenge Process. If your entity plans to submit challenges or expects to receive challenges requiring rebuttal, such as internet service providers, please carefully review the process.

       Attend town halls, webinars, and trainings

View recorded webinars:

     

      Click to download presentation slides

     Contact for questions: sdasaro@utah.gov

      Click to download presentation slides

     Contact for questions: sgreene@utah.gov

       Request a free CostQuest Map Fabric License

To fully participate in the State Challenge Process, eligible challengers should acquire a National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) Fabric License from CostQuest Associates. This will ensure the Utah Broadband Center can share the FCC’s Fabric Location data with the challenger. Importantly, the NTIA Fabric License differs from the FCC Fabric License. Visit the NTIA Fabric Licensing FAQ to learn more. Please use the following resources to request the appropriate license for your organization. Licenses should be requested as soon as possible to prepare for the challenge window.

The application process for the license varies based on the type of organization.

Refer to these slides for detailed instructions on requesting a license. Additionally, to stay updated on the State Challenge Process, please email connectingutah@utah.gov to subscribe to UBC’s newsletter and upcoming announcements.

       Guidance for Area Speed Test Challenges

If you are an eligible entity that plans to submit challenges on behalf of a county, district or region by census block during the Utah Broadband Availability Challenge Process, please review the guidance on this process.

Requirements: 

  • Entity will need at least 6 households in each census block

  • Each household will need to run 3 different speed tests on 3 different days

  • The speed tests must be run with the same internet service provider, or they will not be accepted

  • Households must be subscribed to the highest speed service tier available

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