To: Brian Greene,
Subject: Vote No on HB 60
Date: Fri Feb 07 05:44:14 MST 2014
I was appalled to read HB60 today about the push to restrict any municipal fiber network (but, curiously, not cable and DSL) from building anything outside the boundaries of member cities, this is including linking the member cities by internet backbone. This seems to be aimed at UTOPIA and possibly Google. It would be a death knell to competition. Interestingly enough, the sponsor of this bill has received campaign dollars from Centurylink and apparently has their interests more at heart than of the residents of the state.
Communities wouldn't be trying to build these networks if residents were happy with the service and prices of existing ISP services.
As a Pleasant Grove resident I find that due to the lack of competition among the city's 2 internet providers that the choices are either overpriced (Comcast) or slow & unreliable (Centurylink). I hope for the day that modern fiber optic network connections to the home would be made available to Pleasant Grove residents. Fiber-to-the-home connections are the only technology with enough bandwidth to handle projected consumer demands during the next decade reliably and cost effectively. None of the existing providers in PG provide that and passing HB 60 would ensure that this would never happen.
I would ask for you to vote against HB 60.
220 N 1300 E,
Pleasant Grove, UT