The solar fight is about more than Rocky Mountain Power

I’m a solar household. A little over two years ago, I put panels up on my house to take advantage of the high solar potential in Cedar City. They’ve been producing very well and I have no regrets at purchasing them. Net metering has made it possible to mostly break even on power use over the course of a year. A lot of people make the decision for ideological reasons, but for me it was purely economics, fixing my power costs at 2015 rates for the next three decades. Rocky…

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…

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…

Many Reasons to Say ‘No’ to UTOPIA [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.” Taxpayers in UTOPIA, Utah’s largest and most spectacularly failing municipal telecom system, have many reasons to “say uNOpia to UTOPIA.” First, a $1.8 billion tax hike is preposterous. Second, UTOPIA failed throughout its 10-year history. Third, it’s wrong to require every resident and business…

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…