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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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Catching the Vision of Open-Access Broadband

July 19th, 2012

  “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” The quote above, attributed to Thomas Watson in 1943, when he was chairman and CEO of IBM, is an illustrative example of shortsightedness and bad predictions. While useful in that regard, there’s one minor problem: there is no evidence Watson actually said it. […]

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Benefits of Community Broadband

July 19th, 2012

At the end of June, Christopher Mitchell of Community Broadband Networks interviewed Todd Marriott, UTOPIA Executive Director, for a podcast, which is now available. Mitchell is Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), and oversees MuniNetworks.org as part of ILSR’s effort “to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to […]

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A Handful of Broadband Facts

July 12th, 2012

UTOPIA is profiled in the May/June issue of Broadband Communities magazine, which is available now. This issue includes a “Fiber-To-The-Home” (FTTH) Primer with a plethora of facts and insights that illustrate the need for fiber connectivity. (The 2011 pimer is available on-line, but not the current edition). Here are some highlights: Fiber connections are available […]

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What Does UTOPIA Mean to You?

July 10th, 2012

It has a dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics. It’s retina display boasts a 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch, measures 9.7 diagonally, and features a LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. It has a built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. It supports wireless 802.11a/b/g/n, […]

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Get Your Party On with UTOPIA

July 10th, 2012

You love UTOPIA, you love the light-speed connection you have through our partner ISPs, and you want to show off how fast everything works in your home. We can help, and reward you at the same time! UTOPIA wants to energize its fans and help people see and experience for themselves how one thin line […]

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Join UTOPIA at Centerville July 4th Celebrations

June 28th, 2012

As you celebrate the 236th anniversary of America’s independence next week, don’t forget to join UTOPIA at Centerville’s Founders’ Park (300 N. Main). View Larger Map From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 3rd and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 4th, UTOPIA will be on-site with our Mobile Command Trailer on […]

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Broadband as Infrastructure

June 26th, 2012

Om Malik (founder of GigaOM) recently wrote an article regarding the US-Ignite announcement. He’s not convinced US-Ignite will do what it’s setting out to do, but his perspective regarding broadband is discerning: Broadband is of crucial importance to our global economy. Just as railroads and roads were crucial to the Industrial Revolution, broadband connectedness is […]

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Sharing Information in the Information Age

June 22nd, 2012

Attending a city council meeting where a property tax increase is the central focus, and where interlocal agency you work for is considered the primary reason for that tax increase, can be a very interesting and educational experience. Tuesday night (June 19), the Orem City Council welcomed more than 250 people (according to one report) […]

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Boosting Economic Growth with “Digitization”

June 18th, 2012

One of the key reasons for the establishment of UTOPIA was providing next-gen tech infrastructure to give Utah a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses. It doesn’t hurt in attracting tech-savvy residents, either. Whether you work in tech or not, it’s incredibly hard to get away from it these days. Even people who don’t have […]

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