Understanding UTOPIA, Macquarie, and the options open to cities

UTOPIA has been a hot topic ever since it was formed over a decade ago. For supporters (like me), it’s a necessary step to break up a government-granted monopoly in telecommunications services that have become vital to modern life. For opponents, it’s an overreach by local governments into the private sector and wastes taxpayer dollars. Whatever your philosophical take, it’s important to understand what it is, what it has tried, and where it is going since 11 Utah cities are on the hook for over $200M in bonds.