Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 60 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with John Bowcut on the success of Spanish Fork Community Network. Listen to this episode here.
Lisa Gonzalez: Hi, and welcome again to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. This is Lisa Gonzalez.
In this episode of our podcast, Christopher Mitchell introduces us to John Bowcut, Director of Information Systems and Network Director of the Spanish Fork Community Network in Utah. Spanish Fork began working on its publicly-owned network in 1999, when both business and residential customers expressed their need for better telecommunications. Since then, it has saved substantial public dollars and brought more reliable and affordable connectivity to the community. Spanish Fork also uses its network to share local live and recorded events via its local station. The community programming has proved to be one of the most popular features of the Spanish Fork Community Network. Here are Chris and John, talking about the network and its place in the community.
Chris Mitchell: Welcome to another episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. Today, we're talking with John Bowcut of Spanish Fork, Utah. He's the Director of Information Systems and the Spanish Fork Community Network Director. Welcome to the show.
John Bowcut: Thank you.
Chris: So, I've been in Utah -- mostly southern Utah. And I flew through Salt Lake City once. It's incredibly beautiful. I don't know how anyone gets any work there done. But perhaps you can tell us a little bit about where Spanish Fork is located and the size of the town.
John: We're about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. And it's a nice little community. You know, it started out really as a farming community, and it's grown into a lot more than that. And so, we have about 35,000 residents. And there's about 10,000 homes in Spanish Fork.
Chris: The city has its own electric utility. Is that right?
John: That's correct. We've actually had an electric utility since the...Read more