The Macquarie Deal Sounds OK, But History Counsels for Caution [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” When I first moved to Layton in 2009, I looked around for good Internet service, and discovered that Layton was part of UTOPIA. I was told that the network build out was about three blocks from my home and would be there in no less than…

Municipal Broadband Is A Failed Model. I Told You So! [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” Ten years ago, I wrote  an article and said  that a $40 million gamble to build a fiber network was undue risk to Provo taxpayers. I predicted tax increases. Today that tax increase is an extra $7 per month for all Provo utility customers. Unlike most government…

A Municipal Version of the Dating Game [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” Let’s play a municipal version of The Dating Game. We have three contestants, each with their strengths…but which one should our municipality tie the knot with?

Fiber-Optic Is the Future; It Should Be the Present [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” A few years ago, Utopia was laying down fiber for cheap in Orem. Seemed like a good deal, and I knew the speed benefits of fiber-optic. We were one of the beta homes, and I was disappointed in their service. I cancelled them after a…

The meat of the Macquarie deal: pay less, get more [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” It’s not too often that you get a win-win scenario, but that’s exactly what Macquarie, an Australian investment bank, is bringing to the table for UTOPIA cities. The meat of the deal is that each household will be assessed a utility fee between $18 and…

UTOPIA/Macquarie Deal is a Mistake [The Hub Debate]

This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” Supporting the UTOPIA Maquerie deal is a mistake for three main reasons: Cities should not seek to compete in private enterprise. More taxes won’t fix the broken network or make it more successful. If passed, it is likely to be defeated in referendum. It is…

Macquarie publishes its proposed deal with UTOPIA

As promised, Macquarie Group has released the details of its proposed public-private partnership (PPP) with UTOPIA, an interlocal agency providing gigabit Internet service in 11 member cities. The deal will require a fee of $18-20 per household to be paid by the cities, but that will be offset from retaining all network revenues. The current estimates show that the fee would effectively be cut in half on the low end and almost entirely eliminated on the high end. Regardless of the income, each of the participating cities will receive ubiquitous…