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Monday, December 29, 2003


Utah fiber update

UTOPIA is signing up (1, 2) AT&T as its' first service provider to provide "triple play" (voice, video, data) services over the 18-city FTTH (fiber to the home) network. Incumbent telco Qwest was disapproving.

As AT&T was lining up to spend millions to provide services over UTOPIA's network, the Salt Lake Tribune quoted the head of Utah's Technology Alliance, Roderick Linton as expressing doubts about the wisdom of using fiber for broadband connections in Utah. The Tribune has expressed opposition to the UTOPIA project in the past.

Grace Leong with the Provo Daily Herald also covered the AT&T announcement as well as several other items associated with the UTOPIA project, including an increase in consultants' fees. Ed Kociela with the Spectrum in St. George has a long article on projects similar to UTOPIA that are underway elsewhere, including FTTH projects in Truckee, California and Provo, Utah as well as the older hybrid fiber/coax system in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Spectrum also ran an editorialencouraging Cedar City officials to commit to the UTOPIA project.

Meanwhile, St. George's Interlinx initiative to build a redundant fiber link into the southwest Utah area is moving ahead on schedule.


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