Fiber for American Fork, Part 4: Why Not UTOPIA?

UTOPIA Comes Calling In the early weeks of 2019 the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) approached American Fork City officials with an invitation for American Fork to join UTOPIA. The City weighed the offer and declined — but that set some other things in motion. City leaders began to … Read More …

Fiber for American Fork: My Statement at the Hearing

Introductory Chatter I’ve been so busy with work that I almost forgot about last night’s hearing before the regular American Fork City Council meeting, about the possibility of bonding to build a citywide fiber optic utility. (LightHub Fiber is the name to remember.) Someone mentioned it the night before, or … Read More …

Fiber for American Fork, Part 3: Responses to 22 Concerns and Objections

This is the third of my planned blog posts about a proposal the American Fork City Council is studying to extend fiber optic connectivity to every residence and business in American Fork as a utility. It’s not on the November ballot, but incumbent candidates will cast key votes as city … Read More …

Fiber for American Fork, Part 2: Anticipated Benefits

This is the second of several planned blog posts about a proposal the American Fork City Council is considering to extend fiber optic connectivity to every residence and business in American Fork as a utility. You can find a more detailed description of the proposal itself in the previous post, … Read More …

Fiber for American Fork, Part 1: What’s Proposed

(And Who Am I to Write About It?) American Fork, Utah, is considering establishing fiber optic service to every residence and business in the city as a public utility, as permitted by Utah Code 10-8-14. Here we’ll discuss the proposal itself, and I’ll tell you how I learned enough to … Read More …

Clark Taylor Joins American Fork City Council

On January 9 the American Fork City Council appointed Clark Taylor to fill the vacancy Brad Frost left on the council when he was sworn in as mayor the previous week, after winning in the November election. Frost was two years into his second term on the council, so the … Read More …

American Fork Candidates Q&A, Part 4 – The City and Developers

In this post, candidates respond to one question: For years we’ve heard reports that developers find the City so difficult to work with that many of them won’t build at all in American Fork. To what extent are these reports true? Is it a good thing? What if anything should … Read More …

American Fork Candidates Q&A: Part 3 – Quick Responses on Nine Issues

I’m combining mayoral and city council candidates’ responses to this set of questions, because so far only one of the former and two of the latter have responded with answers. I’ll publish more if and when I receive them. Perhaps I ask too much of candidates, sending them all these … Read More …