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[News] UTOPIA Fiber and the battle for broadband



Photo of a reel of conduit ready for installation.
A deep dive into the fight for fiber connectivity and the campaign against public broadband.

The following article was published by Utah Business.


The crowd on July 11, 2023, was larger than usual for city council hearings. Bountiful City Manager Gary Hill got up to give a presentation on the city’s deal with UTOPIA Fiber, noting that the potential of contracting with the public-owned broadband agency had drawn significant interest. “It’s not often we have a mostly full room,” Councilman Jesse Bell said as he introduced Hill.


Several weeks earlier, on May 26, the city council had unanimously passed a plan to install fiber internet in residential areas. Problems followed when a group called the Utah Taxpayers Association (UTA) began gathering signatures to drop the plan. Bountiful went into damage control mode.


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