Opponents fear network will seek taxpayer bailout
For those who say that Fiber is outdated you couldn't be more wrong.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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Just let it die. No more utopia.
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!
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?