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Utah Foundation Report Highlights Pioneering Work for Advanced Broadband, Including UTOPIA Gigabit Network

Fiber, Gigabit Networks October 19th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, October 19, 2015 – Utah has been leading the nation in many areas of broadband internet access and its proliferation, according to a report released on Wednesday by the non-profit Utah Foundation.

“Utah’s history of investing early and its collaboration among many public and private entities has helped develop an infrastructure that can support the local business climate, including Utah’s expanding tech sector which is heavily reliant on high-capacity networks,” reads the report, by Shawn Teigen, Christopher Collard and Robert Jordan of the foundation.

“It is likely that future internet applications will require exceedingly high-speed internet, far beyond that which is available today. Preparing the infrastructure now may be prudent,” write the authors.



Utah’s Broadband Tech Summit to Convene in Gigabit City of Provo

Broadband's Impact October 6th, 2015

PROVO, Utah, October 6, 2015 – One of the highest-bandwidth cities in the country will next week host the Utah Broadband Tech Summit here on Wednesday, October 14.

The event, sponsored by the Utah Broadband Outreach Center, will bring national experts from Washington together with practitioners of Gigabit Networks throughout the state

“The Utah Broadband Tech Summit is an annual event focusing on how providers and communities can work together to meet increasing infrastructure demands,” said Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center. “As network usage increases and devices become smarter, preparing for these advancements will give communities, businesses and individuals a competitive advantage.”


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Utah and Broadband Breakfast Club Announce Luncheon Event and Webcast on Friday, April 24

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Gigabit Networks April 8th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, April 8, 2015 – The Utah Breakfast Club, in collaboration with the well-established Broadband Breakfast Club of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday announced a special luncheon event on Gigabit Networks in Utah that will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The luncheon event will take place at the Utah State Capitol, in the regular location of the monthly Utah Breakfast Club. This event will also be viewable as a FREE LIVE WEBCAST beginning at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/Noon MT/11 a.m. PT. Register for the FREE LIVE WEBCAST or to attend in person.

Those who seek to attend in person may register to attend this interactive discussion. Members of the Utah Breakfast Club pay $15, plus registration fee. Nonmembers pay $25, plus registration fee. (Individuals may obtain a NO CHARGE three month trial membership of the Utah Breakfast Club.) Lunch will be served at the Utah State Capitol beginning at 11:30 a.m. MT, with the program and webcast beginning promptly at 2 p.m. ET/Noon MT.

“Google’s decision to bring fiber to Salt Lake City adds the the strong base of fiber-optic deployment with Utah,” said Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and the Broadband Breakfast Club. “With cities and states across the country now seeking to build Gigabit networks, this discussion about GigUtah will be of great interest throughout the nation.”

The panel discussion and FREE LIVE WEBCAST will explore these topics:

Google has captivated the enthusiasm of internet users — and the attention of economic development professionals — by offering Gigabit Network service in selected cities across the country.

In announcing in late March that Google Fiber will expand to Salt Lake City (its eighth metropolitan area nationwide), the broadband world turned its envying eyes on Utah. With Google Fiber in Provo and now Salt Lake — and with Gigabit Networks available in the 11 cities served by the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA — Utah is poised to be the first state where a substantial portion of its residents have access to the fastest-possible broadband internet services.

What does Google’s investments say about the economic health and technology-savvy nature of Utah? What do cities and citizens get from Google Fiber that they haven’t gotten from traditional telecom companies? And, for cities and states seeking to get a Gig, what are the best options to build and enhance Gigabit Networks?

CONFIRMED Panelists:

Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville, Utah
Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club
For questions about the event, please contact Drew Clark at


Reply Comments of David Shaw and Drew Clark on the Removal of State Barriers to Broadband Investment and Competition

FCC Comments September 29th, 2014

Before the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Washington, DC 20554 [Original PDF] In the Matter of: Petition of City of Wilson, North Carolina, Pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Seeking Removal of State Barriers to Broadband Investment and Competition Petition of Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Seeking Removal of State Barriers […]

For Utah’s UTOPIA, New Utility Financing Model for Open Gigabit Networks Contrasts with Google Fiber

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks May 5th, 2014

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, May 5, 2014 – One of the largest global companies involved in the construction of highways, airports, bridges and other capital-intensive infrastructure projects plans to spend more than $300 million to complete a Gigabit Network in Utah. The Australian-based company, Macquarie Capital, believes that it has found its first North American […]

Building Gigabit Networks: Three Powerful New Financing Models in Utah, Mississippi and Texas

Broadband's Impact April 29th, 2014

April 29, 2014 – As communities across the country consider ways to build Gigabit Networks, a range of public- and private-financing models are now being considered in geographies as diverse as the Wasatch Front in Utah, rural Mississippi; and College Station, Texas. Three separate financial models were explored earlier this month at the Broadband Communities […]

Rural Telecommunications Congress Members and Others Take Spotlight at Broadband Communities Summit

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service April 4th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2014 – Next week, at the Broadband Communities Summit here in Austin, the Rural Telecommunications Congress will take center stage with a series of sessions on “The Bandwidth of the States,” “Financing Future Bandwidth,” “Digital Learning in the Classroom,” “Rural Innovation,” and — as a kicker — “Cool Things Rural Communities Are […]

Utah Poised to Be First State With Large-Scale Gigabit Networks: Speakers at Utah Broadband Summit

Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks October 28th, 2013

PROVO, Utah, October 28, 2013 – The prospect and reality of Gigabit Networks throughout the country, beginning in Utah, are “creating bigger surface areas for the mind,” the chief technology officer of US IGNITE said here on Thursday. Speaking at the Utah Broadband Summit here in Provo — selected a Gigabit city six months ago […]

Discussion of Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event on High-Capacity Applications and Gigabit Connectivity

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks September 24th, 2013

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club released the first video of its Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event, on “How High-Capacity Applications Are Driving Gigabit Connectivity.”

The dialogue featured Dr. Glenn Ricart, Chief Technology Officer, US IGNITESheldon Grizzle of GigTank in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Todd MarriottExecutive Director of UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, and Drew ClarkChairman and Publisher,

UTOPIA, Perfection or Fantasy: Partnering public-private sectors with broadband

Expert Opinion, Smart Grid, Transparency May 9th, 2010

UTOPIA, billed as providing light-speed to your door while connecting you with friends, family, entertainment, businesses, healthcare, and education, highlights itself as being part of your home, not owned by any network provider.

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