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 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 Pyle: Don’t forget net neutrality in plotting Utah’s online future http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58119079-82/utopia-comcast-internet-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58119079-82/utopia-comcast-internet-com.html.csp">Pyle: Don’t forget net neutrality in plotting Utah’s online future</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T17:00:25.635-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 05:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You’re right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know.” — George Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A lot of good folks are still trying to figure out what they were thinking when 11 Wasatch Front cities banded together 12 years ago and anted up what now amounts to a half-billion in debt to build what they hoped would be an open, state-of-the-art fiber optic Internet service n...</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> 58119079@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:00:25 MDT UTOPIA and other online issues ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58109633-82/fiber-utopia-google-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58109633-82/fiber-utopia-google-com.html.csp">UTOPIA and other online issues ...</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="2014-06-24T16:46:49.749-06:00">Updated Jun 24, 2014 04:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— UTOPIA cities should drive a hard bargain — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “The feeling of failure that pervades the 11 Utah cities that created, and now carry considerable debt for, the UTOPIA fiberoptic system is understandable. But it is not helpful. “At least one global investment outfit wants to talk seriously about taking on the responsibility of carrying the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency to its operating and financial potential. That should allow the cities to proceed ...</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> 58109633@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:46:49 MDT Editorial: UTOPIA cities should drive a hard bargain http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58104100-82/cities-macquarie-utopia-sltrib.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58104100-82/cities-macquarie-utopia-sltrib.html.csp">Editorial: UTOPIA cities should drive a hard bargain</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T17:20:31.777-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The feeling of failure that pervades the 11 Utah cities that created, and now carry considerable debt for, the UTOPIA fiberoptic system is understandable. But it is not helpful. At least one global investment outfit wants to talk seriously about taking on the responsibility of carrying the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency to its operating and financial potential. That should allow the cities to proceed as though they are sitting on something of value, get their game faces on a...</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> 58104100@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:20:31 MDT UTOPIA bailout proposal hits roadblock; Lindon rejects deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58086359-90/utopia-cities-macquarie-network.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58086359-90/utopia-cities-macquarie-network.html.csp">UTOPIA bailout proposal hits roadblock; Lindon rejects deal</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="2014-06-18T22:03:45.292-06:00">Updated Jun 18, 2014 10:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">An Australian company’s bid to turn around Utah’s troubled experiment with publicly run high-speed Internet access has run into opposition in recent days. Critics of the deal sought Wednesday to sow doubt among state lawmakers on the legality of a plan by Macquarie Capital Group to take over, finish and run the UTOPIA network. And on Tuesday, Lindon became the first city to reject the Sydney-based investment company’s proposal. In both cases, the focus was on a proposed $20-a-month utility fee ...</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> 58086359@www.sltrib.com Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:03:45 MDT Pundits ponder a Public Information Superhighway ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58074640-82/net-neutrality-com-editorial.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58074640-82/net-neutrality-com-editorial.html.csp">Pundits ponder a Public Information Superhighway ...</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="2014-06-16T13:46:22.832-06:00">Updated Jun 16, 2014 01:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Above: The best 13 minutes in the history of television. — It would be a shame if UTOPIA went nowhere — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... UTOPIA carries online traffic to a woefully small number of customers. And a debt that now hovers well upward of half a billion dollars, serviced by the taxpayers of the 11 cities whose leaders a dozen years ago envisioned a world in which super a high-speed Internet connection would be as basic to any community’s infrastructure as its roads, bridg...</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> 58074640@www.sltrib.com Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:46:22 MDT Pyle: It would be a shame if UTOPIA went nowhere http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58063633-82/utopia-cities-service-macquarie.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58063633-82/utopia-cities-service-macquarie.html.csp">Pyle: It would be a shame if UTOPIA went nowhere</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-14T12:38:12.598-06:00">Updated Jun 14, 2014 12:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed.” — Darth Vader It’s 2014, for crying out loud. We were supposed to have flying cars, personal rocket packs, domestic robots and scheduled service to the moon via Pan Am. At the very least, we were all supposed to have instant two-way communications, complete with unlimited audio, 3-D video and all of humanity’s collective knowledge at our fingertips. Instead, as more than one wag has noted on more than one Facebook page, we...</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> 58063633@www.sltrib.com Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:38:12 MDT West Valley City adds a UTOPIA incentive: free phone service http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58056005-78/macquarie-utopia-network-cities.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58056005-78/macquarie-utopia-network-cities.html.csp">West Valley City adds a UTOPIA incentive: free phone service</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="2014-06-11T21:40:19.493-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 09:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">West Valley City has announced a deal to offer its residents free telephone service, upon the completion of a controversial fiber network intended to deliver broadband Internet access to all the city’s homes and businesses. Utah’s second most-populous city unveiled its partnership with Ooma, a Palo Alto-based telecommunications company, on Wednesday as the city and 10 other municipalities along the Wasatch Front are reviewing a proposal from Australian investment firm Macquarie Capital Group to...</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> 58056005@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:40:19 MDT Will Utah cities OK Australia company’s takeover of UTOPIA? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58008355-79/utopia-macquarie-cities-network.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58008355-79/utopia-macquarie-cities-network.html.csp">Will Utah cities OK Australia company’s takeover of 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="2014-06-02T16:17:44.753-06:00">Updated Jun 2, 2014 04:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">One way or another, June will be a historic month for Utah’s biggest experiment with what is called “municipal broadband.” Eleven Wasatch Front cities involved in a project called UTOPIA have the next four weeks to opt in or out of an Australian investment company’s plan to take over, finish and operate their struggling high-speed fiber-optic network for them, in exchange for a share of its profits. Officials from Brigham City to Payson continue to comb through a detailed business study of the f...</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> 58008355@www.sltrib.com Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:17:44 MDT