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Wednesday, April 14, 2004


Utah: Salt Lake City Council votes 4-2 against financial backing for UTOPIA

As expected, the Salt Lake City Council voted 4-2 to financially back the multi-city UTOPIA FTTH (fiber to the home) project. Salt Lake City could still participate in the future, but only after construction is completed in the 11 cities that have financially guaranteed their portion of UTOPIA's debt -- that's expected to be 3 to 5 years in the future. Articles:

Deseret Morning News: "UTOPIA forging onward without S.L."

Salt Lake Tribune: "SLC won't back UTOPIA"
A good quote from the Tribune article:
"Officials from communities on board with UTOPIA are perplexed by the council's decision. They expect the capital city will eventually regret it. 'It surprises me, given what they stand to lose and what they would have stood to gain with UTOPIA,' said Paul Larsen, Brigham City's planning and economic development coordinator, in a phone interview. 'The sucking sound that Salt Lake will hear after UTOPIA is built is those businesses leaving Salt Lake and heading to cities that have better infrastructure.'"

"'We welcome them.'"

Provo Daily Herald: "Salt Lake City votes to remain in UTOPIA but not to pledge money"


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