Executive Director of UTOPIA Fiber Roger Timmerman has been paying attention to the issues that are on people's minds these days in Utah. He's discovered a trend — six of the top ten are issues can be positively impacted by publicly owned fiber optic Internet infrastructure. He tweeted about it:
Of the top 10 political issues in Utah, 6 benefit from municipal open-access fiber networks. Maybe someday we'll figure out how to solve the other 4 with fiber :)#utpol #munifiber #utopiafiber #10g #smartcity #fttx pic.twitter.com/MgwksMRpto
— Roger Timmerman (@rtimmerman) October 4, 2019
UTOPIA Fiber has been working diligently to expand it's infrastructure in Orem; now more than 1,000 residents have the ability to connect to the open access infrastructure and choose from 11 Internet access companies. UTOPIA Fiber anticipates the deployment will be finished by the end of 2022.
Listen to our interview with Timmerman and Perry City Mayor Karen Cornin, recorded in 2016, about the network. They spoke with Christopher for episode 223 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.