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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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Managing Expectations

October 12th, 2012

I love movies, and since I was a kid I’ve been a big fan of the James Bond franchise. But, I didn’t find great enjoyment from Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan’s last Bond flick. It was too preposterous, too absurd. So far, it’s the only Bond film I’ve seen only once. Must have something to […]

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The Right Fit

October 5th, 2012

In 2008, I purchased a pair of shoes on-line. I had been coveting a pair for a couple years, as the style was very elegant, and I could definitely use them in my “wardrobe.” When the shoes arrived, I realize that the sizing was off. I ordered the same size I always wore, but for […]

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“I am UTOPIA” Contest

October 1st, 2012

UTOPIA is a community-owned fiber optic network dedicated to making advanced broadband a reality for our member cities in Utah. This network allows residents, business, and other institutions to connect to the world in a way they have never experienced before, providing blazing fast Internet speeds, phone, and television services. Whether you’re a current UTOPIA […]

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“Wisdom and Knowledge, Diffused Generally”

September 18th, 2012

Yesterday in Orem, Utah Valley University cut the ribbon on its new Center for Constitutional Studies. Not coincidentally, yesterday was Constitution Day—the 225th anniversary of the day when the U.S. Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention. As part of the festivities, the Center welcomed David McCullough, world-renowned author and historian, whose works include 1776 […]

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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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Rebutting the Robocalls

August 15th, 2012

With all the excitement (that’s one word for it) going on in Orem this week, it seems the Sutherland Institute, a conservative “think tank” based here in Utah, has been making robocalls to the fine folks in Orem. They were trying to rally listeners to oppose the property tax hike there, to prevent the funding […]

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Guest Post–Community Broadband: America’s Broadband Hope

August 14th, 2012

Guest Column: Christopher Mitchell   The broadband gap in America is slowly morphing into a broadband chasm. Millions of Americans have no broadband access to the Internet. Tens of millions are stuck with only slow and unreliable DSL. The vast majority of America has a single cable option as its fastest connection to the Internet. […]

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UTOPIA Is Moving Ahead

August 3rd, 2012

The news is interesting. One thing to always keep in mind with the news is that they are in the business of attracting eyeballs. “Good news” doesn’t always do the trick. Both sides of the story rarely get the same traction. Good thing we have this blog to get our message out. Today, UTOPIA is […]

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The Pioneering Spirit

July 23rd, 2012

In 1847, 165 years ago, the first pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley with the intention of settling in what would become Utah. Their arrival was the culmination of an arduous journey. They overcome numerous hardships along the way (I can’t help thinking about the lack of air conditioning. I am such a wimp), leaving […]

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