UTOPIA moves on Google's fiber communities RFI

Google's ambitious plans to build an open access Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network has garnered the attention of 16-city open access network provider UTOPIA which plans to bid for a slot in Google's Fiber Communities program.

Led by West Valley City, Utah Mayor Mike Windner, all of the mayors and representatives from other UTOPIA cities backed the decision to participate in Google's FTTP RFI.

Windner believes that Google's move affirms what UTOPIA initially set out to do with its own open access FTTP network. "Last week Google affirmed that what the cities of UTOPIA are trying to do in boldly bringing fiber to their communities is the right move for the future of telecom in this country," said Mayor Winder in a release.

While it is certainly positive to see at least one set of communities taking interest in Google's "open access" FTTP proposal, there's still a number of lingering questions on how a search engine giant that has no experience in building networks will achieve its goals.

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- see the release here

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