UTOPIA - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/UTOPIA News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 UTOPIA may not appear on Utah cities’ ballots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314404-78/cities-utopia-ballot-bigelow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58314404-78/cities-utopia-ballot-bigelow.html.csp">UTOPIA may not appear on Utah cities’ ballots</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="2014-08-20T09:49:26.062-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 09:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Six Wasatch Front cities are reconsidering their plans for putting a question about UTOPIA on the ballot this November after being told they lack a solid legal basis for the proposed referendum. Two weeks ago, mayors for West Valley City, Layton, Midvale, Tremonton, Brigham City and Perry announced they would give voters a say in whether the high-speed municipal network should be run by a private company in exchange for residents paying a monthly utility fee of about $20. But state elections dir...</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> 58314404@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:49:26 MDT Letter: Don’t think of UTOPIA as a utility http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58297538-82/utopia-utility-fee-brigham.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58297538-82/utopia-utility-fee-brigham.html.csp">Letter: Don’t think of UTOPIA as a utility</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T16:28:06.079-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 04:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It is a horrible mistake to think of UTOPIA as a “utility.” Brigham City is considering a “utility tax/fee” to help stabilize the UTOPIA fiasco. Why? Because, as I have said before, it is a disaster from the start. I work for a real utility. We have strict regulations, set pricing, set fees and intense oversight. Private companies, not so much, to say the least. UTOPIA is a private business. I work with a man who has 100Mb service from UTOPIA in West Valley for $65 per month, grand total! That i...</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> 58297538@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:06 MDT Behind the Headlines: Landslide, monuments, UTOPIA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58271451-231/sltrib-com-utopia-landslide.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58271451-231/sltrib-com-utopia-landslide.html.csp">Behind the Headlines: Landslide, monuments, UTOPIA</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T12:14:12.166-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 12:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A landslide destroys one home and rattles residents in North Salt Lake. Gov. Gary Herbert invites senators who support designating a new national monument in Utah to come visit while Rep. Jason Chaffetz takes a Democratic colleague on a tour of rural Utah. Nevada rancher and Mormon church member Cliven Bundy talks about his personal revelation to resist the federal government. And voters in six cities may be the deciders when it comes to turning UTOPIA over to a private company to manage. On ...</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> 58271451@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:14:12 MDT Six Utah cities plan to put UTOPIA question to voters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58268930-78/cities-utopia-valley-west.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58268930-78/cities-utopia-valley-west.html.csp">Six Utah cities plan to put UTOPIA question to voters</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="2014-08-07T22:39:11.031-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 10:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">West Valley City • Voters in six Wasatch Front cities may get their say this fall on whether UTOPIA’s high-speed municipal network should be run by a private company in exchange for a monthly utility fee. In a joint appearance Wednesday, mayors for West Valley City, Layton, Midvale, Tremonton, Brigham City and Perry announced plans to put some version of that question on November’s ballot, pending the go-ahead from their respective city councils. “This will give our residents a chance for their ...</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> 58268930@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:39:11 MDT Appeals court: ‘Burwash’ article was not defamatory http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58268834-90/article-attorney-burwash-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58268834-90/article-attorney-burwash-court.html.csp">Appeals court: ‘Burwash’ article was not defamatory</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T09:15:33.894-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 09:15AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A federal appeals court has ruled that an article penned under a false name by then-West Valley Mayor Mike Winder about alleged threats of extortion and blackmail by an ousted consultant for a government-run Internet company was not defamatory. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling dismissing the lawsuit filed by Chris Hogan, a former contractor with UTOPIA, targeting one of several articles Winder wrote for KSL and the Deseret News under the fake name of “Richard ...</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> 58268834@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:15:33 MDT Reluctant Murray pays $141,666 UTOPIA tab, but is hardly sold http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58267513-78/utopia-murray-cities-eyre.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58267513-78/utopia-murray-cities-eyre.html.csp">Reluctant Murray pays $141,666 UTOPIA tab, but is hardly sold</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="2014-08-06T22:30:16.196-06:00">Updated Aug 6, 2014 10:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Murray • Mayor Ted Eyre has persuaded the City Council to buy him more time and bolster his credibility with a $141,666 payment to UTOPIA, the troubled high-speed Internet consortium that Murray backs along with 10 other Wasatch Front cities. Unlike other cities, Murray refused for two years to chip in on UTOPIA’s day-to-day operating expenses. The city has kept up with its $1.65 million yearly share of bond debt for the public fiber-optic grid, but its leaders make no secret of their dissatisfa...</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> 58267513@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:30:16 MDT Letter: UTOPIA fee would cover ‘free’ service http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58191124-82/service-utopia-fee-free.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58191124-82/service-utopia-fee-free.html.csp">Letter: UTOPIA fee would cover ‘free’ service</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:27:32.449-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A critical misunderstanding of a fundamental precept of the proposal by Macquarie Capital to take over operations of the notorious UTOPIA network was echoed in Richard N. Gilbert’s letter to the editor (“Is UTOPIA fee really a tax?” July 15). I would like to correct the record. Mr. Gilbert stated that once UTOPIA is installed on his home and he is paying a monthly utility fee, he will not receive any service because he “must also pay a provider an installation charge to install a connection fro...</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> 58191124@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 MDT Letter: Is UTOPIA fee really a tax? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58183883-82/fee-utopia-cities-contract.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58183883-82/fee-utopia-cities-contract.html.csp">Letter: Is UTOPIA fee really a tax?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T16:58:41.851-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 04:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Five of the original 11 cities may drop out of the 12-year-old money pit called UTOPIA. The remaining six cities may vote to proceed with Macquarie Capital’s additional study at a cost of nearly $1 million. The six cities would be required to pay for that study if Macquarie does not receive the contract. Wait, cities don’t have any money, only taxpayers do. UTOPIA and its proposed partner Macquarie will require every resident and business to pay a mandatory $20 monthly “available” fee when 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> 58183883@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:58:41 MDT Letter: UTOPIA gets my chimney smoking http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58167064-82/utopia-cities-chimney-fee.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58167064-82/utopia-cities-chimney-fee.html.csp">Letter: UTOPIA gets my chimney smoking</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T17:04:02.105-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 05:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">UTOPIA is a private company that has gone broke on taxpayers’ money, and now the cities that have invested poorly into UTOPIA with taxpayer funds want their residents to pay another private owner billions to try and recoup the millions they’ve already lost? They don’t want to call it a tax because then it would go to the vote of the people. Most don’t even know what UTOPIA is, and, if they did, they would never agree to pay for it out of their own pockets! West Valley City and the other cities w...</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> 58167064@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:04:02 MDT Six Utah cities move ahead on UTOPIA deal — for now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58133884-90/cities-contract-costs-fee.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58133884-90/cities-contract-costs-fee.html.csp">Six Utah cities move ahead on UTOPIA deal — for now</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T21:22:59.592-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 09:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">West Valley City • Only six of UTOPIA’s 11 member cities voted Monday to continue toward possibly contracting with a would-be savior to finish the consortium’s troubled high-speed, fiber-optic broadband network in a quick 30 months and finally put it on solid financial footing. So Australia-based Macquarie Capital now will continue detailed studies on taking over and completing UTOPIA broadband in just those six cities: West Valley City, Layton, Midvale, Brigham City, Perry and Tremonton. What h...</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> 58133884@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:22:59 MDT