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Update on Utah’s Open Access UTOPIA – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 223

October 25th, 2016

Community Broadband Networks recently did a podcast about UTOPIA with our CEO, Roger Timmerman and Mayor Karen Cronin of Perry City. Check it out below! https://muninetworks.org/content/update-utahs-open-access-utopia-community-broadband-bits-podcast-223  

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Where is Online Education Going?

December 31st, 2012

  You may be surprised to learn that “distance learning” is not a new pedagogical technique. What could be described as “correspondence courses” date to the early 18th century, and the University of London offered distance learning degrees more than 150 years ago. Today, technology has taken the concept to new levels of ubiquity, not […]

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Innovation with Fiber

November 14th, 2012

UTOPIA isn’t Google, and Utah isn’t Kansas City, but what is happening in KC provides an instructive lesson on the power of innovation. As Google starts to connect residential customers to its gigabit fiber network, a funny thing is happening: because the roll-out is residential first, start-ups in the area are renting and buying homes […]

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Centerville is Connected!

November 12th, 2012

By Mayor Ron Russell Several years ago, Centerville City joined with 10 other Utah cities to form the UTOPIA fiber optic network. We were pioneers, taking on a project with unknown challenges and the promise of unlimited potential. Like the other cities, we viewed the development of true high-speed fiber-optic connectivity for our citizens as […]

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The Power of Choice

October 30th, 2012

An election is all about choices. Do you want Candidate A or Candidate B? Are you for Proposition 19 or against it? Will Judge John Doe be retained in office or not? To make an election worthwhile, one needs to have alternatives from which to choose. Democracy wouldn’t get very far if there were only […]

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Broadband and Cord Cutting

October 23rd, 2012

As parents, we watch our kids grow up but we don’t notice the big changes in their appearance or stature because we see them every day. Only when seeing someone after a long absence do we really see the striking changes that have occurred. The same is true for technology. Week to week and month […]

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“Our current incumbent providers are not going to help”

October 3rd, 2012

  The website for Wired magazine has an opinion piece on making ultra-high-speed connectivity a reality in the U.S. The piece is written by Susan Crawford, visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, whom we quoted in this blog post. We find ourselves […]

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Fiber-to-the-Home White Paper

September 25th, 2012

The 2012 Fiber-to-the-Home Conference is underway now in Dallas, and Todd Marriott, UTOPIA Executive Director, is presenting tomorrow morning. His topic is “Next Generation Application Deployment: Cracking the Municipal Fiber Nut.” Todd prepped a white paper on the subject, which is available here. It’s a good-size paper, but if you have interest in the technical side […]

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Steve Wozniak and the Lure of Fiber

September 21st, 2012

Few people have more “geek cred” than Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. After all, he’s known to many simply as “Woz.” And, it seems Woz loves the concept of bringing fiber optics to everyone. While in Australia last week for the launch of the iPhone 5, Woz had plenty of nice things to say about the […]

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Apple’s Innovation Paradigm and Broadband Connectivity

September 12th, 2012

With the launch today of the iPhone 5, as well as redesigned iPods, Apple has once again proven that technology is never static. Innovation is the name of the game, and companies who get behind the curve (yes, we mean you, Nokia, RIM) do so at their peril. While in the grand scheme of things […]

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