I have long been a proponent of the idea of UTOPIA. Not because it was UTOPIA
but because of the fiber infrastructure. However, over the last few months/years
the GROSS MISMANAGEMENT of UTOPIA has turned what should have been a great thing
into a bottomless rat hole. It's time to stop throwing money at them. I would
rather the city pay for the infrastructure ourselves than continue to watch
UTOPIA flush it down a hole.
Everyone seems to be missing the point. The $60M is only touched for
construction to hook up new customers. Those new customers will bear the entire
burden of the cost of construction thus assuming the bond. The cities don't
spend anything but gain everything. Why Perry and Tremonton rejected such a
proposal is well beyond my understanding since it shifts more of the burden away
from the cities generally and onto the subscribers.
@One Utah Taxpayer - UTOPIA is not dead. And, make no mistake, you are paying
connection charges to Qwest. They are embedded in your bill and you have no
visibility into how much they are charging you. You also will be paying them
forever, instead of seeing a reduction in your bill once they are paid for. Why
do you think the "promotional" prices jump up so dramatically after the first
6-months? Why else do they sign people up on a 6-month promo, with a 2-year
contract?Bottom line is that this is critical infrastructure that we
need to bolster our economy.
So I'm hearing that the UTOPIA cities have ponied up as much as $3 million per
city to pay off UTOPIA bonds. And this after taxpayers were repeatedly assured
their tax money would NEVER be used, and that revenues from the venture would
pay for the bonds.Is this all correct? And if it is, where are
cities coming up with that kind of money? Laying off police and firemen? Where
does the money come from?
UTOPIA is dead...is that why they created UIA is because no one will now lend to
UTOPIA?It was a noble effort but let the private sector build it
out. I get 20MB DSL service from Qwest which has been great and I don't need to
pay $3,000 connection charges or put a lien on my house.Cities: Cut
your losses, pay what you committed to pay and move on.