Although the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, also known as UTOPIA, is losing at least $200,000 per month on its ultra-fast Internet network, the company's executive president said Tuesday that just quitting and cutting its losses is not an option.
"Going dark is a horrible option, it's worse than where we sit to date," Todd Marriott said during a live video chat with The Salt Lake Tribune. "The taxpayers would get nothing for that effort and would actually end up owing more money. The way to do this is to proceed on the successful course we are on and look to enhance that course."
Marriott, who directs the consortium of 11 northern Utah cities building a fiber-optic Internet network, and Provo Mayor John Curtis joined Tribune reporters Tony Semerad and Jennifer Napier-Pearce, who served as moderator, for the weekly video chat to talk about the future of UTOPIA. The discussion also included the recent sale of the iProvo fiber-optic network to Google.