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Thursday, April 08, 2004

 

Utah: Qwest promises Salt Lake City it will deploy DSL if it can keep monopoly

Qwest has a de facto monopoly on telecommunications in Salt Lake City, Utah and has slowly rolled out DSL service, making it available to about 60% of the city. In an effort to head off competition from UTOPIA, a multi-city FTTH system, Qwest is promising to offer DSL to another 30% of the city -- if the city will just stay out of UTOPIA. No mention of how the other 10% will get broadband -- I guess they're just out of luck.

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is reportedly excited by this unenforceable promise from Qwest to finally do what they were supposed to have done already. Like Qwest, he had no comment on the unlucky 10% that won't get broadband access.

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