Wyoming shows how cities can make UTOPIA internet model profitable

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  • CBE Elizabethtown, KY
    Feb. 1, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    The problem is not active versus PON, Anything less than FTTH is a mistake. All you have to do is look at the financing and debt to see where the problem is. Something the article points out was learned and avoided in Wyoming.

    Stop blaming the trail blazers of FTTH, blame the telcos that promised Fiber in 1990, received grants, tax incentives and additional fees but never provided fiber.

    Anything less than Fiber is a mistake.

    You can not tell me that the cities with FTTH have not benefitted from the fiber, get real!

  • nosense Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    I may be slow but these are the same guys who ran Dynamic City which took all these towns and cities down the rabbit hole with their 40%+ take rate promises and it will make $millions. Instead, they recommended the wrong technology (active vs PONS) and now each and every member of the public in these cities will pay for their bad advice, every month for years and years. Is there no justice? Is there no accountability?
    From the June 2006 Utopia Audit: UTOPIA has agreed to pay DynamicCity 10% of UTOPIA’s Adjusted Net Income for 20 years beginning July 2004. If DynamicCity meets certain performance criteria, UTOPIA agreed to pay DynamicCity an additional 10% of UTOPIA’s Adjusted Net Income for 20 years beginning July 2004.
    Now isn't that a joke on all the taxpayers.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    March 21, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Whoever sold Wyoming on fiber was one slick character. Wireless is the way to go for data transmission now, fiber is a thing of the past.

  • perspicacious Salt lake city, Utah
    March 18, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    It is time for this paper to publish a courageous exposé of the history of Utopia and it's mistakes and frauds. Time also to examine the bad decisions of the governments which were duped and the exposure amounts.

  • Perfice South Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Where Bray has been proven wrong was in using an enterprise network methodology in deploying the fiber, often referred to as an active system. At the same time that those decisions were being made for the Utopia project, Verizon was deciding to use PON, passive optical networking, as the method of deployment for their FiOS offering. Years later, Verizon has an installed customer cost that is 25-35% of the active method. AT&T, Comcast and most rural cable tv and telephone companies now use that method. Vendors have standardized the equipment for PON and costs continue to improve while capability increases.

    It's time for someone courageous at Utopia to admit that they made a mistake and switch to PON. Taxpayers deserve it.