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Tuesday, March 02, 2004


Utah's UTOPIA FTTH project has leaders in rival Denver paying attention

Utah's 18-city initiative to build FTTH (fiber to the home) is getting attention in Salt Lake City's rival, Denver:
"This city at the base of the towering Wasatch mountains is planning an escape from Denver's shadow and a lunge forward in the race for jobs, business, capital and tourism. This time, the pitch is an ambitious $540 million public works project that would link a string of 18 cities along the Wasatch Front with a high-speed, digital telecommunications network. In Provo, a prototype of the optical fiber network known as Utopia already connects about 300 homes and businesses to the Internet with speeds typically faster than any commercial offering available in Denver."

"... If the plan [UTOPIA] does get off the drawing board - and there is no guarantee that it will - residents in cities from Tremonton in the north to Payson 125 miles to the south would have access to fiber-optic connection straight to the home or business. 'That is a pretty powerful market statement, and it could be a magnet to people who want to start software and other companies,' said Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development."

"... The Salt Lake region ranked No. 5 in 2003 on's list of Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, up from No. 21 the previous year. Denver was 27th in 2003."


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