(UTOPIA) Tax Alert : Stop 150% tax pledge increase

Doran L. Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Wed Apr 16 10:19:52 MDT 2008

Not long ago, Justin Findlay proclaimed...
> You mean like telco monopolies that get government subsidies to do
> nothing?  As far as I'm concerned UTOPIA/iProvo are the most forward
> looking, progressive networks in the state.  Perhaps the reason these
> cities decided to build out fiber networks is because the telco
> wouldn't/couldn't?

I usually agree with the positions of the Utah Taxpayers Association, but
they're diametrically opposite to me on this one. Their position paints
UTOPIA as some kind of Marxist. socialist project to infuse every Utah home
with atheist propoganda or something. They fail to acknowledge that UTOPIA
is poised to provide a level and breadth of service that both Comcast and
Qwest have been unwilling to do. And, more importantly, UTOPIA will do
this, not via government-mandated data services, but via
customer-determined service providers (i.e. the free market). It's a lot
more like a municipal airport than something like universal healthcare.

Comcast, for example, behaves like an airline that runs its own airport and
refuses to even discuss subleasing to other airlines. 

fozz at iodynamics.com is Doran L. "Fozz" Barton
 "We take your bags and send them in all directions."
    -- Seen in a Copenhagen airline ticket office
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