Buried in a D-News article concerning the recent construction in Layton and Centerville was a brief statement indicating that Cottonwood Heights has completed a feasibility study and is now considering whether to join as a pledging or non-pledging city. It now joins Farmington and Vineyard on the list of cities considering membership in the fiber optic project. Roger Black of UTOPIA has said that several dozen other cities currently have inquiries into the agency to find out what it would take to join.
We're also getting a clearer picture of the construction schedule. While Layton and Centerville are scheduled to have the full build-out completed by early 2008, Tremonton, Brigham City, Perry, Lindon and Payson are likely to be completed by year's end. Construction in Murray, Midvale, West Valley City and Orem is going a bit slower with completion of anywhere from 65% (Murrary) to 25% (WVC). Most of the delays in these Phase I cities has to do with getting permission from property owners to deploy the fiber to their buildings, especially apartments and condos.
Hey UTOPIA folks? You really need to start updating the website to give us better progress reports. Hearing it thought the grapevine isn't helping out.