At home and online: Utah households among the most connected, census shows

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  • chineseme Murray, UT
    Dec. 6, 2018 7:59 p.m.

    Talk to your cities about working with Utopia. They are the barrier that stands in the way of getting to your neighborhood. I'm hitting my 5 year anniversary of Utopia fiber through XMission and I am grateful my city has it. I don't regret it. Take my money. Fiber is worth it.

  • Maverick10 Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    Service in Utah and the United State is some of the worst in the World. Example a certain telecom has fiber to their local node and then tries to deliver over phone lines that are over 40 years old. It simply does not work. They have tried multiple times to install internet access. Total mess. Our cable advertises Gig speed. It is a total joke; reason is you are on a shared node and once the High School gets out at 2:10 pm; the games are on and everything else just does not work. The only way that true internet will be come a reliable service is when there is true fiber optic to every house. The funny part is that there is so much fiber optic installed by businesses and the State of Utah. City leaders don't have a clue. When you talk to to them you wonder what they are thinking. They have no clue about the real world. The Feds are even worse; their idea of broadband is 10-15 megs download and don't even get me started on the problems with various services upload services. Broadband in most of Utah is just a joke and it all rests with city, county and state leaders. No one is willing to step up and get the job done. just Terrible.

    Dec. 6, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    Wouldn't it be nice if those residents of rural counties in Utah, especially those with little public land, had high-speed Internet access so they could do some of those online jobs? There could even be tech hot spots in rural places to help offset the loss of high-paying jobs from all the government owned lands. Some might actually be able to stay and raise families in those areas.

  • SLCMom Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2018 9:44 a.m.

    I agree with @pt1- . In my neighborhood there's only one option through our cable company, and we get disconnects regularly. Hopefully, this study will motivate more service companies to jump into our market, and current companies to expand their options and increase their speeds! Also, really hope those rural communities get more infrastructure and service, asap!

  • pt1 ,
    Dec. 6, 2018 6:08 a.m.

    Let's not pat ourselves on the back too much for internet availability here in Utah. In my neighborhood the only usable option available is through the cable company. There is NO fiber option as a choice and our service isn't consistently adequate as well as being very expensive for the quality of service we get.

    When we were on the east coast for 18 months serving a mission all the large apartment complexes had access to a true high speed internet so we do know the difference. We shop online, do our banking online, participate in family history and have smart phones as well as stream entertainment. We use our computer as well as our smart phones. When will better internet availability be a priority here?