Thursday, March 4, 2010

Utah Pursues Google High Speed Fiber Network Partnership Bid

Utah Governor Gary Herbert endorsed local efforts to encourage Google to bring its experiment in fiber optics to the state.

UTOPIA, which is a group of 16 Utah cities, operates a municipal fiber optic network using an open service provider model.

"UTOPIA is a good candidate to partner with Google in the new project and to bring the experiment to well-prepped ground," said the Governor in a letter of support. "UTOPIA has successfully pursued models of deployment and found a sustainable and reliable model," he said.

Google announced last month that it wants to partner with municipalities to develop and experiment with an ultrafast fiber network that would reach 50,000 to 500,000 people across the country.

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