The Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, which we have written about many times, is at a crossroads. An Australian corporation specializing in infrastructure is prepared to infuse $300 million into the project but the Utah Legislature may prohibit it from expanding and even from using existing connections outside member cities.
We asked Jesse Harris of Free UTOPIA and Pete Ashdown of XMission to join us for Community Broadband Bits Episode #85 to sort out the stories.
Jesse explains the potential Macquarie investment and how the bill HB60 could hurt both that deal and more broadly, connectivity in the area. Pete Ashdown discusses how he learned of the bill and what it would mean to his business if the network were able to be expanded.
We previously spoke with Pete Ashdown and Todd Marriott about UTOPIA in Episode 3 of this podcast.
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This show is 15 minutes long and can be played below on this page or via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.
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- Community Broadband Bits Episode 85 - Jesse Harris and Pete Ashdown on UTOPIA, Expansion or Preemption