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Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

How will UTOPIA ever compete with this?

And how will UTOPIA ever dig its way out of the hole it has dug? (Other than forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for an increasingly obsolete technology infrastructure?)

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

I wonder if this is in conjunction with HughesNet, who we used before cable internet was available in our area?

Bountiful, UT

@Reasonable Person,

Your "wondering" is probably correct. HughesNet was purchased by EchoStar in 2011. EchoStar is also the owner of Dish Network.

As a side note, just recently Dish Network has purchased access through the CenturyLink owned hardware and phone line connections to provide both phone service and high-speed internet access as a bundled service along with their Dish Network satellite television services. And for Dish Network users (like me) it is a much better price than for separate Dish Network television and CenturyLink phone and high-speed internet services.

Brigham City, UT

Maybe we could get a group of cities to invest in the infrastructure needed to make this happen and then charge everyone for it... Oooops. Never mind.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Cool! For most routine internet things like browsing and reading e-mail it will be just fine. Sounds like it could potentially stream video too. However interactive gaming won't quite be as useful due to what is known as 'latency' or the delay caused by the signal having to make the trip up and back twice to the satellite 23,000 miles above the equator. Things like VOIP will likely be blocked or throttled since they could hog the resources if a lot of users tried to use them at the same time. However the rate looks reasonable. Way to go Charlie!

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