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What’s the Latest on UTOPIA?

Since the inception of UTOPIA nearly a decade ago, I have managed XMission’s services on the 11 city municipal network.  As such, I have earned a unique insider persective and understanding of not only UTOPIA’s current situation but also its long term challenges and successes.  In recent months, I have attended a figurative magnitude of city council […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Macquarie and UTOPIA

Last night, I attended the Murray town hall meeting on UTOPIA/Macquarie. It was refreshing to see over 300 people turn-out with many thoughtful questions. Although there was some misinformation from the audience broadcast, the city council and mayor did their best to answer questions on an extremely technical subject. There were times that I wish […]

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Google Fiber in Salt Lake City?

Yesterday, Vince Horiuchi from the Salt Lake Tribune called me for comment on a story that was under embargo until 11am today. Google Fiber is investigating Salt Lake City. In Kansas City and Provo, incredible concessions were made to install Google as a residential fiber monopoly. Kansas City waived franchise fees, and gave free office […]

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Net Neutrality

A recent federal court decision in a case involving a Verizon challenge to FCC “Net Neutrality” rules has inspired many breathless headlines about the death of the Internet as we know it. Because this will enable giant Internet providers to start prioritizing traffic based upon what their customers are willing to pay them, it deals […]

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The Fruit of Competition

I am proud to announce that our gigabit residential offering on UTOPIA has dropped in price to $70 (UTOPIA charges included, and can vary up to $100 total in some cases). Cynics may point to the fact that this matches the Google Fiber offering on iProvo, and you know, they’re right. When there is robust […]

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The $1 Fiber Optic Network

Provo City excitedly announced yesterday that Google was taking over their troubled iProvo network. Google has done a respectable job in Kansas City, and I’m sure they will do the same in Provo. My only criticism after hearing this yesterday is that Kansas had to literally give away the farm to install a monopoly over […]

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Blue Monday

XMission’s troubles started Sunday evening when an ethernet card servicing longtime UTOPIA customers on a Juniper ERX-700 began to fail.  It would run for about 20 minutes, then reboot, disconnecting everyone involved.  This wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t take a good 10 minutes to return to service.  For the last few years this […]

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City Council Letter on Property Node Placement

To Ray Milliner regarding PLNPCM2012-00206: 651 N 200 W Utility Box, Ray, I am unable to attend the public hearing on Thursday the 12th at 5pm as I will be out of town. Please pass my comments on to the council. I live at (removed). Currently, my business XMission is able to provide DSL service […]

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