help with utopia related legislation

Steve smorrey at
Thu Nov 8 10:49:23 MST 2007

This bill seems pretty critical to the future of Utopia, iProvo and
other community broadband initiatives.
I wonder if it wouldn't be prudent for us to have a luncheon sometime
very, very soon to discuss this bill and it's potential ramifications.
It would be nice if we could invite the public to the luncheon, or at
least our civic leaders.
This would be an excellent application IMHO of the recent Nerd Lunch
program we've been having.
Let me know what you guys think.


On Nov 8, 2007 10:19 AM, Thad Van Ry <thad at> wrote:
> On 11/7/07, Bryan Sant <bryan.sant at> wrote:
> >
> > On Nov 6, 2007 10:57 PM, Steve <smorrey at> wrote:
> > > After having read the full text of this bill I encourage everyone to
> > > call their representatives immediately and urge them to vote NO on
> > > this bill.
> > > It would essentially prevent any city from joining in Utopia without a
> > > major referendum and even then it controls with precision what must be
> > > said on the ballot when a city decides it wants to either join utopia
> > > or provide a city wide network.
> >
> > I think a referendum would be appropriate.  The people financing the
> > project (taxpayers) should be allowed to vote yea or nay for such a
> > commitment.  I would think that most cities would vote in favor of
> > Utopia.
> >
> The problem with a referendum as it states it in this proposed bill is that
> the current member cities must have a referendum that is to decide whether a
> new city can join. So If Salt Lake City wanted to join UTOPIA, residents in
> Centerville (a current UTOPIA member city) would have to have a referendum
> vote to decide that Salt Lake City can join UTOPIA. That doesn't make sense
> at all.
> For those that care, this bill was not discussed in the committee meeting
> yesterday. The committee decided to "have staff work on modifying this bill
> so that it is more acceptable to all parties involved." The committee will
> discuss this bill during the legislative session.
> Thad
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