Kennecott Homes Wired to Be High Tech

Kennecott Homes Wired to Be High Tech

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Jed Boal ReportingA South Jordan community took a futuristic step today to spur economic and residential growth. Kennecott Land opened the Daybreak development last June, so far 700 homes have sold. Now all of those homes, and 13-thousand more to be built, will be wired with state-of-the-art technology.

Daybreak has arrived on the west bench of the valley. Kennecott Land will develop the user-friendly community in several phases. A new partnership with Qwest will wire homes and businesses for high-speed internet, high-definition television and phone service.

Governor Jon Huntsman: "It marks the first time in Utah a community of this size will be connected to high-speed data services as it is built."

It's the largest fiber to the home installation ever in the state, and the infrastructure most communities want and need for the future. Economically it could help the community recruit high-tech businesses.

For new homeowners like Nicole McCoy and her husband, the high-tech capabilities add to their quality of life. She's an assistant professor at Utah State in Logan; she telecommutes to Logan three days a week and works all over the state without leaving home.

McCoy thinks other families with two professional spouses are looking for that kind of convenience.

Nicole McCoy, Resident: "It's very difficult to find careers we love. The flexibility it offers is tremendous."

East-West travel to that part of the valley is still time-consuming. A Trax line should eventually end at the development. The Mountainview Highway, when it is built, may also border the community.

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