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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Utah: Cedar City group seeking to rescue city's participation in UTOPIA FTTH project
Cedar City, Utah's council elected not to financially back the city's participation in the UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) project. Now a local group is organizing to try to save their town's participation in the multi-city FTTH (fiber to the home) project.
"A group of residents is looking to resurrect the UTOPIA project from its shallow grave by calling on 120 people to donate $5,000 each to put up as the fall-back money needed for the project. As a charter member of UTOPIA, Cedar City would have to put aside $617,000, which would be drawn upon only if the project failed. However, if more than 30 percent of the residents and businesses here subscribed to the service, it would make a profit. "
"'I relate this to two things,' said local merchant Wayne Clark. 'First, it's like the closing of the mines. When the mines closed, it really looked like doom and gloom for the city. The city got together with the university and did Project Image.' It cost several million dollars to grow the university from 1,800 students to 6,000, but it brought great benefits. 'The decision last week was as serious as those mines closing.'"