Cedar City Confirms UTOPIA Decision

Cedar City Confirms UTOPIA Decision

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- The City Council has voted unanimously to continue as a non-pledging member of UTOPIA, confirming the decision it made last week when a majority voted against reopening the possibility of pledging tax revenue toward the planned high-speed broadband fiber-optics network.

The vote Wednesday night means the city probably would have to wait a minimum of three to five years for initial UTOPIA services and would not be allowed to participate in any profits earned by the system should it come to Cedar City.

The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday night also decided to drop from charter-member status on the project.

Cedar City Mayor Gerald Sherratt said he understands that Logan is interested in joining UTOPIA, which might set up a second-tier of cities interested in the program. He did not know if that would change fees and sign-up requirements.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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