Bill Review: HB60 could dismantle municipal fiber networks

Rep. R. Curt Webb recently introduced HB60, a bill that would place very strong limits on municipal fiber optic networks in Utah. An analysis of the bill shows that it is squarely targeted at the UTOPIA fiber optic network, an interlocal agency that counts 18 Utah cities as members. While it’s not unusual to get a bill attempting to further limit expansion or creation of municipal fiber networks, HB60 goes much further by preventing the networks from doing things they are currently allowed to do, apparently with no grandfather clause.