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The telecommunications and fiber industries are full of terms and acronyms. Our glossary of terms attempts to capture some of them.

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UMTS: See Universal Mobile Telecommunications System.

Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS): A battery device that continues to deliver power to connected electronics when power fails.

Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS): Third-generation (3G) broadband, packet-based transmission of text, digitized voice, video and multimedia at data rates up to and possibly higher than 2 Mbps, offering a consistent set of services to mobile computer and phone users. Based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication standard.

Universal Service Fund (USF): Universal Service Fund - a federal program with four programs: high cost (subsidizes the high cost of services in rural areas), low income (includes Lifeline and Link Up discounts to those in poverty), rural health care (reduced rates to rural health care providers to ensure they have access to similar services as urban counterparts), and schools and libraries (E-Rate subsidizes telecommunication services to schools and libraries).

Unserved: Those housing units without access to a broadband network capable of offering service that meets the National Broadband Availability Target.

Upload: Internet connections have two components - a download and upload. Upload refers to the rate at which the user's computer can send data to the Internet. DSL and cable networks frequently offer upload speeds at only 1/10 of the download speeds. This is one of the main reasons DSL and cable networks are insufficient for the modern Internet.

UPS: See Uninterruptable Power Supply.

Upstream: Internet connections have two components - a downstream and upstream. Upstream refers to the rate at which the user's computer can send data to the Internet. DSL and cable networks frequently offer upload speeds at only 1/10 of the downstream speeds. This is one of the main reasons DSL and cable networks are insufficient for the modern Internet.

USF: See Universal Service Fund.

Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA): UTOPIA is a Utah interlocal agency with the express purpose of providing ubiquitously deployed public private partnership open access fiber to the premises within its member cities.
UTOPIA's pledging member cities are Brigham City, Centerville, Layton, Lindon, Midvale, Murray, Orem, Payson, Perry, Tremonton, and West Valley City.
UTOPIA's non-pledging member cities are Cedar City, Cedar Hills, Riverton, Vineyard, and Washington City.

UTOPIA: See Utah Telecommunication Open Access Network.


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