Rally against UTOPIA brings together supporters, detractors of fiber-optic project

Opponents fear network will seek taxpayer bailout

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  • bvirgahyatt
    July 19, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    For those who say that Fiber is outdated you couldn't be more wrong. It is used as the BACKBONE of the WORLD's internet infrastructure. Anytime you make a phone call (landline or cell) or get on the internet I can guarantee you that at some point it is travelling over a Fiber Optic cable at some point. That is because it is by far the fastest and most reliable connection available is only getting faster everyday. Wireless is a dead end (BTW I work for Apple in their wireless division). UTOPIA is a great idea. It's only real failing is that it can't get enough people to sign up because of companies like comcast and qwest pay for a ton of advertising and lock their customer's into contracts to keep them away from it. What they really need to do is spend a few million advertising and offerring incentives to get customer's to sign up.

  • tq2
    July 15, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    Utah should be smarter than to believe a government run/backed/operated company can ever survive without a bailout at taxpayer expense. First, we don't have the money to bailout anybody (Obama and Congress notwithstanding), Second, if it was such a great idea, it would have already been wildly successful, Third, it's not like we're dependent on the government to deliver high speed internet. Yes, let it die.

  • Sir Stephen
    July 15, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    I wonder what this uproar is actually about.

    Was there so much noise when the street lighting was approved? Individual homeowners could have lit their neighborhood by simply leaving on porch lights at night. The cost would have been a couple of dollars per month.

    What was relatively inexpensive became a bonded issue because somebody decided she was queen of the Orem social set. Now everyone in Orem is shackled with the debt.

    The old guard is dying out. Technology is improving and fiber is the future so why no put this money in a pool where everybody pays regardless of the use.

    The number of users will increase when the technology provides more services to justify the cost. For example why would anyone I paying for cable TV when it is simply a duplicate service?
    Why have a few people with alarm service bills when it is included in the Fiber service? Why pay for downloaded movies when several could be shown every day at a prescribed time as part of the Fiber service. Why does the power company have to have meter readers when that could be read via Fiber?

    Fiber is not dying!

  • JesseHarris
    July 14, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    Jim, are you for real? Wireless currently tops out around 300Mbps. Fiber, however, has a current top speed of 40Gbps or 40,000Mbps, well over 133 times the speed. Wireless also has significantly more latency which is bad for voice calls, gaming, and video conferencing applications (not to mention some surgeon trying to do it remotely). Saying wireless is the future of data networks is like saying that garden hoses are the future of water distribution systems. You, sir, have no clue what you're talking about.

  • JesseHarris
    July 14, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    I find it hilarious that UTOPIA crashed the party and walked away with about half the attendees interested in becoming customers. Hey UTA? Throw more of these, as many as you want. I'm sure UTOPIA doesn't mind.

  • Jim Dexter
    July 14, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    First, government should not compete with business. Gov't is always inefficient. Second, fiber optic is so last century that it's a technology that only politicians would embrace at this point. Everything is going wireless. So pull the plug on this dinosaur.

    Anyone who thinks that government owes them a hi-speed cable connection is probably a socialist on other matters as well and should be completely ignored.

  • Drew Chamberlain
    July 14, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    Just let it die. No more utopia.

  • AlexanderTWolf
    July 14, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    I'm with hendem, who paid for the barbecue? Did the UTA donate to Philpot's campaign to get him there?

    Sandstrom was also there. He is my representative, but clearly doesn't represent me! Did he get bought by the UTA as well? At least I now know who not to vote for. On his website he proclaims "I promise to listen carefully, to think creatively, to seek input from constituents, and then to act decisively to protect and enhance the quality of life we enjoy." Yet, he has never asked me about UTOPIA or how it impacts my quality of life (which is for the better BTW). To my knowledge, he hasn't asked any of my neighbors he represents either. So much for "seeking input from constituents." Instead, he's beholden to special interest lobby groups like the Utah Taxpayers, Qwest and Comcast!

  • hendem
    July 14, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    I love the idea of Utopia just wish I could actually get a connection. Despite living in a Utopia city.

    I can't help but wonder how much backing this protest has from Comcast and Qwest?