The struggling fiber optic network UTOPIA may be partnering with a private company to offer high speed internet access to every home in the 11 participating Utah cities where it operates. Australian investment firm Macquerie Capital has released a proposal to fund UTOPIA’s overhaul. It would require city-wide utility fees from every household in the network.
Glenn Ricart first came to Utah to be Chief Technology Officer for Novell. Today he holds the same title for US Ignite, a federal initiative designed to promote the development of applications and services for ultra-fast networks. Ricart is now spreading the word about the Mozilla Ignite Challenge, which has $485,000 available to support winning proposals.