The time John Curtis threw me under the bus

John Curtis has successfully made the jump from well-known and well-liked mayor to Utah’s latest Congresscritter. Once a firebrand (to use polite terms) like Chris Herrod passed through convention, it was a foregone conclusion in the primary. I don’t know what kind of Representative we should expect Curtis to be, but I do know that I don’t trust him based on my own experience. I’ve been blogging about broadband since August 2006. That includes closely following UTOPIA, SFCN, the now-mostly-defunct AFCNet, and iProvo. Of these, iProvo provided some of the…

The Slow Death of Google Fiber? CEO out, expansion halted, employees fired

This article was originally posted at FreeUTOPIA.org. I’ve long maintained that Google isn’t in the ISP business for the long haul. I said over four years ago that the odds of your city seeing it were astronomically low. Well, now Google is basically saying the same thing. The CEO announced that they have halted the expansion of the network, let go employees in towns where they haven’t build, oh yeah, and he’s leaving for “other opportunities”. I’ve had multiple first-hand reports of users in Provo who have been unable to get signed…

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…

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…

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…

Rumor: Google Fiber is looking at SLC to block out a possible UTOPIA expansion [FreeUTOPIA]

  Still thinking that Google Fiber is your only gigabit option in SLC? Think again. I’ve heard from several reliable sources that Salt Lake City got on Google’s short list for a new round of expansion because of fears that UTOPIA would beat them to the punch (and possibly go into Provo as well). Macquarie is reportedly interested in expanding UTOPIA across the entire state and has particular interest in Salt Lake City since it’s the largest and most visible municipality. UTOPIA already has several fiber rings within the city…