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Another Viewpoint – UTOPIA

Posted - Apr. 7, 2004 at 12:55 p.m.



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A recent KSL editorial questioned the fiscal and technological viability of UTOPIA – the proposal to build, maintain and operate a taxpayer-backed fiber-optics telecommunications network in some 18 Utah cities.

We’ve been flooded with responses from the project’s supporters. Here’s a sampling:

From J. Paul Hollingshead:

“UTOPIA is a god send and an immeasurable opportunity to catapult our communities and state to the top.”

“The financial risks of UTOPIA are nothing compared to the significant risk of letting it pass us by.”

From Robert B. Vukich:

“UTOPIA is as essential to the citizens of the Wasatch Front as equal access to roads, electricity and emergency services.”

From Anthony Naef:

“No one would be even considering the UTOPIA project if the local phone monopolies had not dragged their fee for the last 30 or 40 years.”

From Karl K. Christensen:

“I don’t argue that fiber may not be on the ‘cutting edge’ in 20 years, but I gladly argue that it will be around. I have a different question: will the Qwest and Comcast copper networks today that are already over 100 years old be around in 20 years?”

We appreciate the perspectives offered by these and the many other people who responded to KSL’s editorial. A more complete text of their replies can be found on our website at www.ksl.com.

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