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Letter: Don’t think of UTOPIA as a utility
First Published Aug 15 2014 04:23 pm • Last Updated Aug 15 2014 04:28 pm

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 is his "buy-in" fee, ISP fee and speed fee combined.

What do Brigham residents pay? Wow! Brigham residents can’t even hope for Google fiber to come to the rescue like they have in Provo.

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Don’t make the UTA mistake with UTOPIA. The CVTD bus system in Logan is a "utility" service. UTA is out to make as much money as they can, but people have bought into thinking of them as a utility. The bus system is free in Cache Valley — any bus, anywhere. UTA uses the same tax income as CVTD, and still charges an additional fee to ride. Allow this UTOPIA fee, and we all get taken for a "ride" again.

Mark J. Creager

Brigham City

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