Recently I received a note on my county owned trash receptacle offering to clean
and disinfect the trash receptacle by a private company for a fee of $25 using
my own water. My question for the trash can cleaner and UTOPIA, is
the same. Why do I need it?I currently have Comcast Internet, TV
and phone. While the service is only fair, it seems to exceed that of UTOPIA.
How would UTOPIA lower my cost, provide better service and improve my life.
UTOPIA seems to be an empty tube that would allow private businesses
to enter my home paid for by my taxes. Why shouldn’t business pay
it’s own way?The difference between UTOPIA and the trash can
cleaner is that I can say no to the trash can cleaner.
@Ultra Bob,I don't see Cottonwood Heights listed as a member
city of Utopia so your comparison doesn't hold "trash". You
don't have the ability to say "No' to Utopia cause - you
can't.Now, I am not a utopia customer. Wish I was. I have
friends who are on Utopia and Comcast does not hold a candle to Utopia as far as
internet goes. I can't speak to TV or phone. I am a computer guy, work from
home, need big bandwidth. If I ever decide to move, speed of internet connection
available at a new home would be just as high on the list as toilet, electricity
and water. Heck, even my 80 year old dad was streaming video on his iPhone- via
wifi-- he figured it out. I am on CenturyLink's version of a 40
meg connection ( I live close enough to their hardware I 'get' those
speeds and I got it barely 8 months ago). I can tell you, it doesn't have
the speed of iProvo's fiber network when I was on it NINE years ago. Utopia
in long term will be a blessing.
I initially supported the UTOPIA initiative. However, seeing how poorly
it's been managed, and how much it's cost the taxpayers of
member-cities, for which many still haven't reaped its benefits, I think it
was a mistake. Millions of dollars spent for the benefit of just over 10,000
users is a colossal waste of taxpayer money, especially after 10 years of
"implementing" this project. True, UTOPIA has probably spurned some of
the updates by private telecom companies locally, but that is still a weak
argument. It certainly isn't worth the millions poured into this project,
especially since these companies would have been forced to make these updates
based on market demand anyway. My guess is that many of the
member-cities' leaders haven't taken more flak for their decision to
contribute so much to this project because the majority of residents still
haven't heard of UTOPIA, nor do they understand what what it is they are
paying for (and for most of them, what they STILL aren't getting.)
@Surf Waves.The objection to UTOPIA is not in the concept or
capabilities. It is in the reason that it is being built. It is built at the
taxpayers expense to provide a tool for business. Like yours. Business operators should not take from the taxpayers to operate their
businesses. And when they do, they should be able to clearly define why and
wherefore.Can you provide a reason why the non business homeowner
has a need for the things UTOPIA can do? Now.
I hope Utopia reaches my home. I would love to have their speed.