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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo) A UTOPIA crew prepares to lay conduit to house fiber optic cables near 2000 N. Main St. in Centerville in this Aug. 22, 2011 photo. Centerville is among 11 UTOPIA member cities that must decide whether to approve the takeover of the municipal broadband network by Macquarie Capital, an Australian investment firm.
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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.

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"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 and begin some hard negotiations over how such a rescue might work. ..."

No more UTOPIA promises — Deseret News Editorial

"The Utah cities that are a part of the network of fiber optic Internet service known as UTOPIA should ponder the promises they have been given over the last 12 years. ..."

Fiber-cabinets policy will require more than a Google search — (Portland) Oregonian Editorial

"In the early days of electricity, officials grappled with the question of how to transmit the newfangled energy source over long distances. What was the first American city to solve the problem? If you guessed Portland, give yourself a round of applause. The 14-mile transmission line from Willamette Falls in Oregon City to downtown Portland is thought to be the first permanent long-distance transmission of electricity in the United States. The lines were strung on utility poles, a practice that continues more than a century later.

"Today, Portland officials again are deciding how to effectively manage transmission of a new public utility: high-speed Internet service. ..."

Google Fiber: 3 Things You Need to Know — Dan Newman | The Motley Fool

" ... 3. Google will get an unprecedented flow and control of information. ..."

Complaints mount as Google Fiber extends its reach in Kansas City — Scott Canon | The Kansas City Star

House acts to limit NSA — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

" ... In a stunning, bipartisan turnabout, the House voted 293-123 to effectively block the NSA from conducting warrantless backdoor searches of Americans’ communication devices.

"It fundamentally alters the NSA debate, which until now has been dominated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s view that when it comes to national security, individual rights go out the window. The House’s power play affirms the value citizens of all political beliefs place on their right to privacy.

"As Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie told reporters, ‘The American people are sick of being spied on.’ ..."

Common Core violates your right to privacy — Pamela Openshaw | For The Provo Daily Herald

"The NSA scandal involving your private information has rocked the nation. Your privacy, and the reputation it cradles, is your prized possession — your property, like your house and car. It is constitutionally protected. Your privacy could come under assault from another source: the data collection system connected to Common Core Standards, the federally endorsed and funded education program. Through data mining, your children could be used to get information about you. ..."



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