Salt Lake City Lacks Broadband Vision

Salt Lake City is home to major fiber optic cables, a renowned university… and a city government that has no idea what to do to get better broadband. Three years after rejecting UTOPIA membership, candidates to succeed Rocky Anderson as mayor can't say what exactly they'll do about increasing speeds or lowering prices. It seems that Ralph Becker is the only one to speak up and support reconsidering UTOPIA, though it comes in the form of a "put it to the voters" cop-out, a fancy way of saying "I don't want to personally commit to it before I get some poll numbers." Even then, the council has already shown that it favors bringing in private competitors, neglecting that building a universal network to rival Comcast or Qwest requires a deep-pockets company like Verizon or AT&T. Is that really progress?

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