University of Utah

Utah Anchors: A Community Broadband Project

The Utah Anchors: A Community Broadband Project plans to enhance and expand the Utah Education Network (UEN) by deploying fiber-based Ethernet broadband services to 130 anchor institutions across the state, including elementary schools, public libraries, charter schools, and Head Start centers. The project expects to enable these anchor institutions to move from copper-based T1 or slower connections to fiber-based Ethernet broadband connections with speeds of 10 to 100 Mbps. The UEN currently coordinates and supports the telecommunications needs of more than 300 community anchor institutions across Utah.

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BroadbandUSA sign outside Red Mountain Elementary School in Utah.

The University of Utah connected more than 140 anchor institutions, including elementary schools, public libraries, and charter schools, to the Utah Education Network (UEN) through June 2013. The connections allowed these facilities to move from slower Internet connections to fiber-based broadband connections capable of speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps). The university also plans to enhance broadband services at a Head Start center on the Ute Indian Reservation, promoting school readiness and cognitive development of young tribal members.

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