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…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 5, 2015

Big week in Utah politics what with Medicaid expansion on the table and the Jason Chaffetz Speaker thing. On one hand, you’ve got a long-shot choice that splits the mainstream left and right, funded by corporations, looks great on paper, and refuses to go away no matter how many times it looks like it might. On the other hand, you’ve got Medicaid expansion.  • The AP runs a piece on Chaffetz bucking the establishment. You can say what you want about the guy, but he’s done a pretty masterful job…

Salt Lake City Mayoral debate – Part 4 [video]

In a debate sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and FOX 13 (moderated by Ben Winslow), candidates for Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski and Ralph Becker faced off on how they would address various issues, including problems at Pioneer Park, panhandling, taxes, luring businesses to the city, parking problems and liquor laws.   This is part 4 of 4.

Salt Lake City Mayoral debate – Part 3 [video]

In a debate sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and FOX 13 (moderated by Ben Winslow), candidates for Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski and Ralph Becker faced off on how they would address various issues, including problems at Pioneer Park, panhandling, taxes, luring businesses to the city, parking problems and liquor laws. This is part 3 of 4.

Salt Lake City Mayoral debate – Part 2 [video]

In a debate sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and FOX 13 (moderated by Ben Winslow), candidates for Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski and Ralph Becker faced off on how they would address various issues, including problems at Pioneer Park, panhandling, taxes, luring businesses to the city, parking problems and liquor laws. This is part 2 of 4.

Salt Lake City Mayoral debate – Part 1 [video]

In a debate sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and FOX 13 (moderated by Ben Winslow), candidates for Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski and Ralph Becker faced off on how they would address various issues, including problems at Pioneer Park, panhandling, taxes, luring businesses to the city, parking problems and liquor laws. This is part 1 of 4. 

Midday Commentary on OMFG ELECTIONS AND PRISON! — Aug. 12, 2015

I know the prison relocation decision should be the big news of the day, but since we all knew it was going to SLC since years ago, I’m just going to leave a few links and move on. • Mayor Becker says they’ll fight the decision, which is just a bit weird since he basically traded a tax increase for the relocation to SLC. • But that can’t possibly have any impact on the fact that he got beaten like a red-headed stepchild in the primary election by former Rep. Jackie…

Prison Relocation Commission recommends I-80/7200 West Site in Salt Lake City as location for new Utah State Correctional Facility [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 11, 2015 CONTACT: Senator Jerry Stevenson Utah Senate 801-678-3147 jwstevenson@le.utah.gov Representative Brad Wilson Utah House of Representatives 801-425-1028 bradwilson@le.utah.gov Brian J. Bean Office of Legislative Research and General Council, Policy Analyst 801-928-8421 bbean@le.utah.gov Kirsten Frank Rappleye Utah Senate, Media and Public Relations 801-505-1457 krappleye@le.utah.gov PRISON RELOCATION COMMISSION RECOMMENDS 1-80/7200 WEST SITE IN SALT LAKE CITY AS LOCATION FOR NEW UTAH STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY Recommendation Goes to Governor and Legislature for Review and Approval SALT LAKE CITY – The state Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) voted unanimously…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 17, 2015

Salt Lake City mayoral candidates took off the gloves last night, mostly pounding on Mayor Becker, but occasionally landing blows against the mayor’s strongest opponent former representative Jackie Biskupski. (Trib) From the proposed $150 million bond the mayor wants, to the $119 million theater the mayor is building, to the sexual harassment scandal in the police department, to the homeless situation, Becker’s challengers were all guns blazing. (As someone with an office off the corner of Pioneer Park, I can attest to the problems in that part of the city).…