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Friday, May 17, 2024

Tired of being underserved and overbilled by [less than optimum] regional broadband monopolies, back in 2002 a coalition of local Utah governments formed UTOPIA -- (the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency). The inter-local agency collaborative venture then set about building an "open access" fiber network that allows any ISP to then come and compete on the shared network.



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... As we've noted over the years, regional monopolies like Qwest (now Centurylink or Lumen) didn't much like that. They desperately tried to sue and harass the network out of existence in the early aughts, claiming the concept violated numerous local laws (it didn't). These efforts failed, in part, because of widespread support among a public extremely tired of being ripped off by [less than optimum] monopolies.

Two decades later and the coalition just announced that 18 different ISPs now compete for Utah resident attention over a network that now covers 21 different Utah cities. In many instances, ISPs on the network are offering symmetrical (uncapped) gigabit fiber for as little as $45 a month (plus $30 network connection fee, so $75). Some ISPs are even offering symmetrical 10 Gbps fiber for around $150 a month...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 09:05 PM | Reply

I note that here when DSL first appeared as an alternative to 33kbps modems, the DSL service provides provided a carrier service, not the product.

I could choose among several "products" on that DSL service.

What is occurring in Utah seems to be a reflection of that, with the addition of my opinion that competition is good.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 09:08 PM | Reply

Mormons need high band-width to keep track of their multiple wives.

And who's suffered the curse of Ham.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-16 09:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3 ... Mormons need high band-width to keep track of their multiple wives. ...

Maybe, maybe not.

But if they choose to need that high band-width service, it is available to them cheaply, thanks to the local governments bypassing the major ISPs.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 09:13 PM | Reply

Red state problems...

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2024-05-17 01:30 PM | Reply

That's terrible news for corporations.

You know how Republicans solve the problem of consumers getting low priced Internet?

By making it illegal for the local community or municipality to provide Internet service.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-17 03:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Yep. We're finally getting socialized broadband here, but the state won't let the local utility boards install it anywhere they don't provide electricity because of the cable and phone company bribes to the Rethuglican-controlled legislature.

It's reasonably priced and symmetrical gigabit, better than anything the cable or phone companies ever did.

Socialism works!

#7 | Posted by DarkVader at 2024-05-17 08:58 PM | Reply

I fear Darkvader is right; the cable monopolies will get the corrupt Supreme Court to protect their license to steal. Comcast is the most hated company in America; an honor they richly deserve! T-Mobile is 2nd!

#8 | Posted by danni at 2024-05-18 10:54 AM | Reply

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