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Go Fiber Utah Announced

May 5th, 2014

Go Fiber Utah is a group of cities, organizations and businesses working to bring fiber optic connectivity to Utah.  A new site has been established to be an education tool, providing information, research and news about fiber broadband in Utah and nationwide.       See more at: Go Fiber Utah  

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Google Fiber in Provo

April 18th, 2013

  Exciting news out of Provo today. That’s right: We think it’s exciting. Don’t think for a second that UTOPIA feels threatened by the arrival of Google Fiber in Utah. On the contrary, we are very excited about what this means for Provo specifically and Utah generally. Why? In simple terms, we hope—and expect—Google’s presence […]

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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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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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The Broadband Landscape

September 6th, 2012

  What is the role, importance, and future of broadband? Broadband for America has been hosting several panel discussions on the subject, and some interesting tidbits have emerged from one of these panels: Broadband network companies support over 10 million jobs and growing. Broadband-related jobs across the U.S. pay more than 41 percent above the […]

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The Experiences of Other Fiber Networks

August 29th, 2012

  In April, Christopher Mitchell (who recently wrote a blog post for us), published “Broadband at the Speed of Light.” In this report, he explains “how three communities built next-generation networks,” focusing on Chattanooga, Tn.; Bristol, Va.; and Lafayette, La. We’ve been meaning to dig into that report and share some elements. By no means […]

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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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