UTOPIA Introduces 1 Gbps Connections in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - UTOPIA, an open-access fiber-optic network formed by a coalition of Utah cities, launched its fastest Internet option yet – a blazing-fast 1 Gbps speed.

“Today’s economy relies more and more on the information superhighway,” says Todd Marriott, executive director of UTOPIA. “If Utahns are to compete in this age when technology is constantly changing, they need access to broadband connections that provide reliable and fast speeds, and our newest service offers just that – 1 gigabit per second.”

Because UTOPIA uses dedicated fiber to each home or business connected to the network, users don’t share their bandwidth and thus don’t see speed reductions at times of high network usage. Thus, a 1 Gbps connection is always a 1 Gbps connection.

UTOPIA will be the first network operator in Utah to offer a gigabit connection to residents. It joins a handful of other U.S. communities offering the same speeds, including Chattanooga and Morristown, Tenn.; Lafayette, La.; and Sebastopol, Calif.

Two service providers that currently supply communications over the UTOPIA network, XMission and Veracity Networks, will offer the 1 Gbps connection at a monthly price of $299.

“UTOPIA’s gig offering is fast, there’s no doubt about that,” says Marriott. “But it’s not just about the speed. It’s about what we can do with it and the slices of connectivity it provides. It’s about the potential for the future that fiber to the premises offers to our communities. With this connectivity, UTOPIA’s member cities can promote economic development for their businesses, enhance quality of life for their residents and encourage the expansion of bandwidth-intensive applications in new industries and the traditional as well, like education, health care and municipal.”

“While at first our new speed connection will likely appeal mainly to certain segments of the residential market,” says Marriott, “it will also eventually enable an entirely new realm of applications and technologies we can’t even imagine today — and won’t be able to live without tomorrow.”


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