There are some things that government does best, and some things better left to the private sector. The idea that creating a high-speed fiber-optic communications infrastructure is a basic government responsibility, like roads and water systems, was the motivation for such dreams as the multi-city UTOPIA project and the more focused iProvo system in, of course, Provo.
Neither has been anything near the success that its creators envisioned. Super-high capital costs on the one hand, and a dearth of customers eager to pay high prices for a service that most households didn't feel a need for on the other, doomed both projects to years of high debt and little revenue.
While UTOPIA's managers keep promising that salvation or, at least, profitability is just around the corner, Provo Mayor John Curtis was coming to terms with the fact that iProvo was not a logical fit for a local government with limited resources and many other responsibilities on its plate.