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Utah Taxpayers Association: Don’t Add $13 Million In Debt To Expand UTOPIA

August 8, 2017

Plans for the $500 million network started in 2002. The 16 original cities received a $66 million loan from the federal government, but after the first tranche of funding was released, the federal government shut off the spigot until UTOPIA “improved its financial condition and developed a new business plan.” The network found financing elsewhere …

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Utah Taxpayers Association: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Trust Google

September 12, 2016

Utah Taxpayers Association Vice President Billy Hesterman is proud of his state’s economy.  There’s no reason not to be: at 3.9 percent, the state’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country. Utah has added more than 40,000 net new jobs in the last year. The state economy is expanding when most of …

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Provo Municipal Network “Was A Drain On City Coffers”

May 25, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy has pointed out previously, Provo, Utah provides one of the most cautionary tales when it comes to government owned-broadband. To recap: this city spent more than $30 million on a city network that failed and was eventually sold to Google for $1. As Watchdog.org noted last week, city …

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