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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Recently I received a note on my county owned trash receptacle offering to clean and disinfect the trash receptacle by a private company for a fee of $25 using my own water.

My question for the trash can cleaner and UTOPIA, is the same. Why do I need it?

I currently have Comcast Internet, TV and phone. While the service is only fair, it seems to exceed that of UTOPIA. How would UTOPIA lower my cost, provide better service and improve my life.

UTOPIA seems to be an empty tube that would allow private businesses to enter my home paid for by my taxes. Why shouldn’t business pay it’s own way?

The difference between UTOPIA and the trash can cleaner is that I can say no to the trash can cleaner.

Surf_Waves
American Fork, UT

@Ultra Bob,

I don't see Cottonwood Heights listed as a member city of Utopia so your comparison doesn't hold "trash". You don't have the ability to say "No' to Utopia cause - you can't.

Now, I am not a utopia customer. Wish I was. I have friends who are on Utopia and Comcast does not hold a candle to Utopia as far as internet goes. I can't speak to TV or phone. I am a computer guy, work from home, need big bandwidth. If I ever decide to move, speed of internet connection available at a new home would be just as high on the list as toilet, electricity and water. Heck, even my 80 year old dad was streaming video on his iPhone- via wifi-- he figured it out.

I am on CenturyLink's version of a 40 meg connection ( I live close enough to their hardware I 'get' those speeds and I got it barely 8 months ago). I can tell you, it doesn't have the speed of iProvo's fiber network when I was on it NINE years ago. Utopia in long term will be a blessing.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

I initially supported the UTOPIA initiative. However, seeing how poorly it's been managed, and how much it's cost the taxpayers of member-cities, for which many still haven't reaped its benefits, I think it was a mistake. Millions of dollars spent for the benefit of just over 10,000 users is a colossal waste of taxpayer money, especially after 10 years of "implementing" this project. True, UTOPIA has probably spurned some of the updates by private telecom companies locally, but that is still a weak argument. It certainly isn't worth the millions poured into this project, especially since these companies would have been forced to make these updates based on market demand anyway.

My guess is that many of the member-cities' leaders haven't taken more flak for their decision to contribute so much to this project because the majority of residents still haven't heard of UTOPIA, nor do they understand what what it is they are paying for (and for most of them, what they STILL aren't getting.)

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Surf Waves.

The objection to UTOPIA is not in the concept or capabilities. It is in the reason that it is being built. It is built at the taxpayers expense to provide a tool for business. Like yours.

Business operators should not take from the taxpayers to operate their businesses. And when they do, they should be able to clearly define why and wherefore.

Can you provide a reason why the non business homeowner has a need for the things UTOPIA can do? Now.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

I hope Utopia reaches my home. I would love to have their speed.

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