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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Utah: Provo residents debate iProvo project in advance of City Council decision
In Utah, the Provo City Council is expected to vote tonight on a proposed bond issue to fund construction of the proposed iProvo municipal FTTH (fiber to the home) network. In advance of this, the local newspaper has run a series of editorials, articles, guest columns and letters on the issue:
"City to vote on financing for iProvo project" Newspaper article describes the bond-financing for the project and also quotes municipal broadband attorney and expert Jim Baller, who points out that similar projects in Dalton and Bristol are proving to be very successful.
"iProvo is a long stretch" The Provo newspaper endorses the iProvo concept but thinks 20 years is too long a pay-back period, comparing it to UTOPIA's projected 7 year payback. My own assessment is that the iProvo project's projections are extremely conservative.
"Tax watchdog's pamphlet exercise in scare tactics" One resident writes in to critique the anti-iProvo brochures mailed to every city resident by the "Utah Taxpayers Association", describing it as "filled mainly with rhetoric telling us what to think rather than an honest assessment of the pros and cons of the Provo fiber-optic project" and "shrill, inaccurate, [and] rhetoric-filled".