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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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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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“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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UIA Makes First Bond Payment a Month Early

September 11th, 2012

The Utah Infrastructure Agency (UIA) made its first bond payment, a whole month early! CFO Kirt Sudweeks proudly displays a large reproduction of the check—$1,400,081 (and 25 cents).

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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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“UTOPIA is a no brainer”

August 17th, 2012

As a very happy UTOPIA customer, I am glad for the chance to briefly share my experience with the great service I have received. When I was first approached by UTOPIA, I had some reservations given it was a new product. I am generally conservative and take more of the “wait and see” approach to […]

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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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