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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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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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 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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Fake in Utah

In the United States, 7 people were killed and several injured in a 20-car collision in Utah, which was hit by a sandstorm. This was announced by local authorities, according to the Utah Press. Many students read fake id reviews online after graduation. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, the series of accidents occurred on Sunday afternoon, July 25th. As a result, at least 20 vehicles were involved in an accident after a dust storm began due to strong winds in the area of ​​the small town of Kenosh. As a result of raising dust, visibility on the road has deteriorated. Some drivers had fake licenses that they bought on the site idgod