Difference between Mstar, iProvo and Utopia

Matt Bowler matt at mattbowler.com
Fri Dec 2 15:35:37 MST 2005


Just another reason why Rocky Anderson is an idiot.  Does anyone know how
much Qwest/Comcast donated to his last campaign? 

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From: plug-bounces at plug.org [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org] On Behalf Of
Kenneth Burgener
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 2:24 PM
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Subject: Re: Difference between Mstar, iProvo and Utopia

Kenneth Burgener wrote:
> What is the difference between Mstar, iProvo and Utopia?


 From the research I have been doing, this is the history...

Apparently this whole network started with iProvo [1].  Several other cities
liked this idea, so they decided to join together to create their own
network called UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure
Agency) [2].  This ticked off the other telecommunication companies [3]. 
  UTOPIA originally included Salt Lake City[4] as one of the major financial
backers.

Then in 2004 Salt Lake City backed out thanks to mayor Rocky Anderson[5]:

--- highlights from [5] ---
Eleven of the original 18 cities approved the funding. But the biggest blow
came from Salt Lake City, the largest of the cities involved in the project,
which voted against backing the bonds.

"I just don't see the social good in using taxpayer money to fund a network
that provides more television and bandwidth for illegally downloading
files." -- Rocky Anderson, mayor Salt Lake City

"I just don't see the social good in using taxpayer money to fund a network
that provides more television and bandwidth for illegally downloading
files." -- Rocky Anderson, mayor Salt Lake City
-------

Is he for real?  I am not particularly fond of his way of thinking.

There are good supporters of UTOPIA, such as XMission[6], and even
XMissions' Pete Ashdown[7].

Currently there are 4 service providers for the UTOPIA: AT&T, XMission,
MStar, and Veracity.

Kenneth



[1] http://www.iprovo.net/modules/xoopsfaq/index.php?cat_id=1#q5

[2] http://www.utopianet.org/

[3] http://www.matr.net/article-11175.html

[4] http://www.convergedigest.com/DSL/lastmilearticle.asp?ID=8947

[5]
http://news.com.com/Quest+for+Utopia+hits+a+roadblock/2100-1034_3-5193926.ht
ml

[6] http://xmission.net/utopia/stance.html

[7] http://www.utahpolitics.org/archives/000059.shtml




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