Frequently Asked Questions
- What exactly are you proposing? We’re proposing that Cedar City bond to build a gigabit-capable fiber optic network available to every address within city limits.
- Waitaminute… who’s going to pay for it? The network would be paid for entirely by subscribers. If you don’t want service, you don’t pay anything. Neat, huh?
- What if there aren’t enough people interested to cover the costs? Without enough subscribers to cover the cost of construction (roughly 30-35% of the city), the network would not be built and no bonds would be issued.
- This sounds like UTOPIA. Is this UTOPIA? No. While ideas such as subscribers carrying all of the costs, competing providers on the same network, and city involvement are borrowed from UTOPIA, they are not currently involved. It would be up to the discretion of the city to choose if they were or were not willing to partner with UTOPIA for construction and/or operation of any network that gets built. Any such partnership would not result in the city assuming any existing debt from the UTOPIA network.
- If I don’t want it, why would I support it? Adding competitors for your broadband dollars lowers prices for everyone. Additionally, it can increase each home’s value upwards of $5,400 and generate economic benefits far in excess of what it costs to build it.