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Letter: Learn from failed networks like iProvo and UTOPIA, say no to broadband

May 27, 2024

As a resident of Utah, I am deeply concerned about the recent push for governments to control our internet infrastructure. This move not only goes against the principles of free-market economics but also poses significant economic risks to taxpayers.

What happened to iProvo should serve as a stark warning to policymakers. Taxpayers shouldered significant cost to build a government-run broadband network in Provo only to sell it for almost nothing. Sadly, their failure is a common story across the country.

It is imperative that we send a clear message to our city leaders: Government interference in the internet and broadband industry is not only unnecessary but also detrimental to the interests of taxpayers and consumers alike.

Instead, we should encourage competition and innovation through free-market principles, which have proven time and again to be the most effective means of addressing consumer demand and service.

Amy Lloyd



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