Utopia Fiber

The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) Marketplace has added three providers and now offers Utah communities a choice of 18 private-sector internet providers.

The new participants in the community-owned open access network are WiFi Pros, ETS and Fusion Networks.

WiFi Pros, which is based in Bountiful City, offers a variety of plans. Subscribers can get 250 Mbps (starting at $38), 1 Gbps ($58), 2.5 Gbps ($68) and 10 Gbps ($208). The provider also offers Ooma Home Phone Service free after a one-time $79 fee for the hardware.

ETS, headquartered in Layton City, offers 1 Gbps for $55.

Fusion Networks, which is based in Salem City, offers 250 Mbps for $35 and 1 Gbps for $45.

In addition to the new participants, existing member Sumo Fiber added a 10 Gbps symmetrical service for $119 after a monthly $30 UTOPIA Fiber infrastructure fee. This brings the total monthly fee to $149, which is thought to be among the lowest prices in the nation.

In a prepared statement, Kimberly McKinley, Chief Marketing Officer and Deputy Director of UTOPIA Fiber, said the company’s open access approach fosters competitive pricing.

“Typically, consumers have limited options—often just one or two providers, and rarely fiber,” said McKinley. “By collaborating with the communities we serve, UTOPIA swiftly builds this essential infrastructure. We then encourage locally-owned ISPs to join and compete within our network, which greatly benefits residents.

“Since May 1, we’ve already seen a big uptick in demand for the new 2.5 Gbps service and expect to welcome two more ISPs to our residential marketplace soon.”

UTOPIA Fiber provides FTTH services to 21 Utah communities and business services to 50 communities. The announcements were made at the Broadband Communities Summit in Texas.

UTOPIA made significant progress in its Utah deployments last year.              

In October, the group said it had completed an FTTH project in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The $20 million project began in August 2021 and was the 17th project completed in the state.

The 19th was announced during the next month. It was an FTTH network in Cedar Hills, Utah. The $5.9 million project began in June 2022.

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