SOURCE: UTOPIA

UTOPIA

March 30, 2011 19:58 ET

Utah Cities Welcome Kansas City to Benefits of Fiber Optic Broadband

UTOPIA Statement on Google Investment in Kansas City Fiber Network

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - The cities of the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) congratulate Kansas City, Kan., on being named Google's first ultra high-speed broadband fiber city. Today is a victory for all of us who embrace the vision of a future Internet run on open fiber networks. Progress demands fiber optics because only fiber can handle 1 Gigabit speeds and higher, which will become essential in a high-bandwidth-consuming 21st century. Efficiency demands open access networks, because this enables consumers to choose from among multiple service providers on a single network, thereby creating innovation, lower prices and free market efficiencies. Google gets this, and so do the fortunate residents of Kansas City. Today we renew our determination to continue to grow our open fiber network in Utah, now serving 8,500 homes in 11 Utah cities, with 19 service providers for consumers to choose from. The economic development and quality-of-life successes we've seen with an open fiber network in our cities show Kansas City has much to look forward to. We welcome these new partners in the open fiber network movement.

Todd Marriott, Executive Director
UTOPIA
www.utopianet.org

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