UTOPIA - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/UTOPIA News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Will split decision knock out UTOPIA? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58508435-78/utopia-cities-macquarie-network.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58508435-78/utopia-cities-macquarie-network.html.csp">Will split decision knock out UTOPIA?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TONY SEMERAD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-10-18T09:34:42.276-06:00">Updated Oct 18, 2014 09:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The strange 11-headed creature known as UTOPIA is slowly mutating into something new as leaders struggle with its growing debt burden on city budgets. Uncertainty persists months after a dramatic split among the 11 Wasatch Front cities overseeing UTOPIA, the high-speed fiber-optic network that remains partly built and financially troubled more than a decade after its birth. Six UTOPIA cities voted over the summer to proceed with a detailed study by Australian investment giant Macquarie Capital ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58508435@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:34:42 MDT Op-ed: Don’t hurt real cab companies in favor of ‘app cabs’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58530325-82/cab-app-cabs-companies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58530325-82/cab-app-cabs-companies.html.csp">Op-ed: Don’t hurt real cab companies in favor of ‘app cabs’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-10-17T16:39:03.136-06:00">Updated Oct 17, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When I was mayor of Salt Lake City, most members of the City Council were sold on UTOPIA. It was “innovative.” We would be “pioneers.” It would be a “boon” to our “modern” city. I blocked our city’s participation in UTOPIA. I took a lot of heat, but I considered, with the help of independent experts, the applicable public-interest principles. My conclusion: UTOPIA violated those principles. Now, cities that adopted UTOPIA are facing horrendous costs to homeowners because the projections of UTOPI...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58530325@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:39:03 MDT Letter: UTOPIA, Comcast are different animals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416447-82/utopia-service-choice-comcast.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58416447-82/utopia-service-choice-comcast.html.csp">Letter: UTOPIA, Comcast are different animals</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T12:16:33.341-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 12:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Christopher Eaton’s letter (“UTOPIA offers choice beyond giant telecom,” Sept. 7) states that an apples to apples comparison is UTOPIA to Comcast. That is not correct. Comcast is a service provider. UTOPIA is a cable company (fiber-optics) that is a conduit for a limited number of service providers. To use UTOPIA, a user must purchase service from one of the listed providers available through UTOPIA. They must pay the $20 monthly utility fee for a non-utility or an unapproved city tax, then purc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416447@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:33 MDT Letter: At least UTOPIA offers a choice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58377697-82/utopia-information-choice-highway.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58377697-82/utopia-information-choice-highway.html.csp">Letter: At least UTOPIA offers a choice</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T16:50:02.389-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 04:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Linda M. Sagendorf’s letter (“UTOPIA is information highway robbery,” August 27) mentions Shurtleff and Swallow with a completely unrelated UTOPIA issue to raise hackles, not to provide helpful information. Now an apples to apples comparison is UTOPIA to Comcast. Now the UTOPIA management isn’t perfect, and may even be criminal; however it pales in comparison to the abuses committed by literally every other telecom (residential line provider) available in Utah. The fact remains that the Internet...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58377697@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:50:02 MDT Letter: I tried to tell you, Brigham City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352112-82/brigham-utopia-mistake-aren.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352112-82/brigham-utopia-mistake-aren.html.csp">Letter: I tried to tell you, Brigham City</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T17:11:02.452-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert on live radio used the term, and I quote, “rat hole” when questioned about and referencing UTOPIA. He also said “UTOPIA certainly hasn’t turned out to be,Utopia.” Anyone listening to the “Let me speak with the Governor” radio program knows it is true. I have been saying that for years! Think of the millions of dollars that would have been saved, heartache and misery, had Brigham City hired me as an Internet consultant, but I digress. A great teacher of mine, John ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58352112@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:02 MDT Western Punditry: UTA & UTOPIA, teacher-bashing, guns, beer ads ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351673-82/editorial-http-range-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58351673-82/editorial-http-range-com.html.csp">Western Punditry: UTA & UTOPIA, teacher-bashing, guns, beer ads ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T11:28:03.32-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 11:28AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— UTA still has work to do to gain public trust — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... If UTA cannot demonstrate a better sense for what it means to work for the taxpaying public, then perhaps lawmakers should consider a change in the oversight structure. Some transit agencies even make their top positions an elected office. That comes with its own disadvantages, but at least there would be more direct accountability. ...” — Ballot issues for UTOPIA — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial “It’s certain...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58351673@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:28:03 MDT Letter: UTOPIA is information highway robbery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343104-82/utopia-cities-council-highway.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58343104-82/utopia-cities-council-highway.html.csp">Letter: UTOPIA is information highway robbery</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T17:26:15.419-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 05:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Who are the bigger crooks? Shurtleff and Swallow, or the 11 cities and council members who invested millions of taxpayer money into a private company, UTOPIA! Maybe it’s time to investigate the misuse of public funds to profit in misguided adventure which has not shown a profit in over 10 years. Now six of the 11 cities want to continue to impose this outrageous burden on all their constituents for a mere $20 a month for 30 plus years. The city council members are having a hard time trying to j...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58343104@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:26:15 MDT