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UTOPIA leader: Solvency is in sight

January 16th, 2015

Article was originally published in the Standard Examiner on January 16, 2014 SALT LAKE CITY — The infusion of $10 million from a legal settlement with the federal government and a steady, but slow, take rate has at least one official from the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) suggesting there is light at the end […]

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UTOPIA may get $10M from feds to settle suit

November 15th, 2014

 Article was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune by Tony Semerand on November 12, 2014 UTOPIA’s managers are close to settling a lawsuit that officials say reflects a painful chapter in the history of the fiber-optic network. UTOPIA Board Chairman Wayne Pyle said the federal Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has agreed to pay $10 […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About the UTOPIA Deal

May 9th, 2014

Article was originally published in’s Science and Tech News on May 9, 2014 by Scott Dunn. WEST VALLEY CITY – For the proponents of UTOPIA, there is now a real hope it will survive mostly intact and, if the Macquarie proposal is approved, rise up to be even better than before. For more than […]

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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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Public Meetings regarding Macquarie and UTOPIA

April 29th, 2014

Tuesday – Utah County – 7:30 PM in OREM City Hall      Payson, Orem, Lindon Wednesday – North – 7:00 PM in LAYTON City Hall      Centerville, Layton, Brigham City, Perry, Tremonton Thursday – SLC County – 8:00 PM in WEST VALLEY – City Hall      Midvale, Murray, West Valley

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Utah Bill Would Kill Fiber Network Infrastructure Expansion

February 10th, 2014

Article was originally published in Government Technology on February 10, 2014 by Brian Heaton Imagine a scenario where everyone has access to high-speed broadband and a litany of Internet service providers to choose from. That’s the idea behind the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA). But the picture perfect dream is under fire from new […]

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Politician seeking limits on UTOPIA fiber network wants “accountability”

February 8th, 2014

Article was originally published in Ars Technica on February 7, 2014 by Jon Brodkin The Utah legislator who filed a bill to limit the growth of government-funded fiber networks contends that protests of the bill are based on a “misunderstanding” and that some minor adjustments will clear everything up.The legislation would make it illegal for […]

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Utah bill would stop regional fiber networks from expanding

February 6th, 2014

Article was originally published in Ars Technica on February 5, 2014 by Jon Brodkin Kansas isn’t the only state considering legislation that would limit the growth of government-funded broadband networks that threaten incumbent Internet service providers. The latest such attempt we’ve learned of is a Utah House bill called the “Interlocal Entity Service Prohibition,” which […]

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Todd Marriott departs as UTOPIA executive director

January 31st, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 29, 2014 – Todd Marriott is stepping down after nearly six years of work as Executive Director of UTOPIA, the wholesale fiber optic network providing internet, phone and television services for 15 member cities throughout Utah.  The announcement comes from UTOPIA Chairman Wayne Pyle, who added, “We appreciate the work that […]

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Possible UTOPIA partnership only in earliest stages

December 13th, 2013

This article originally was published in the Davis County Clipper on December 13th.  By: Jennifer Wardell CENTERVILLE – Though UTOPIA officials say that a private Internet company is considering joining forces with the struggling fiber-optic network, the potential partnership is still only in the exploratory stages. Elected officials serving on the UTOPIA board were asked to […]

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