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MORGAN CITY, UT, July 28, 2022 – Utah’s Division of Transportation is main a brand new mannequin of fiberoptic sharing that enabled a rural Utah neighborhood to obtain 10 Gigabits per second obtain and add speeds, mentioned consultants at a Broadband Breakfast Stay On-line Wednesday.

UDOT owns fiber optic networks alongside interstate highways to attach visitors cameras, street indicators, climate stations and different sensors to its visitors operation middle and supply instantaneous visitors updates.

Picture of Lynne Yocom of UDOT, Drew Clark of Broadband Breakfast, Roger Timmerman of UTOPIA Fiber (left to proper)

However UDOT additionally companions with native suppliers to entry one another’s’ fiber strains, which permits for visitors operations and broadband service to broaden throughout the state.

Morgan Metropolis is one such neighborhood that has benefited from this distinctive partnership. UTOPIA Fiber, the most important operational open-access community in the US, partnered with UDOT to succeed in the agricultural city of Morgan on the east facet of the Wasatch entrance and supply 10G symmetric velocity to its residents.

“Morgan metropolis has the quickest broadband speeds within the nation,” mentioned Roger Timmerman, govt director at UTOPIA Fiber. “That is the nationwide chief – tied with different communities – that gives 10G residential service.”

UTOPIA Fiber introduced its’ plans to construct in Morgan Metropolis in November of 2019. The challenge was accomplished in April of 2020.

Lynne Yocom, fiber optics supervisor at UDOT, estimated that one third of the corporate’s infrastructure was self-built, with the opposite two thirds constructed by companion corporations. Many states at the moment are mimicking what’s now often known as the “Utah mannequin,” mentioned Yocom, together with Maryland, Florida, Georgia, and Colorado.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 12 Midday ET – Bringing Broadband to Rural America: A Case Research in Morgan, Utah

Bringing broadband to a rural neighborhood like Morgan Metropolis, Utah, is rarely a straightforward process. However in 2019, Morgan, a neighborhood on the least-populated facet of the Wasatch Mountains with out even a stoplight, discovered itself on the mistaken facet of the digital divide. Into the combination stepped UTOPIA Fiber, an open entry community in Utah primarily serving the extra populous communities on the west facet of the Wasatch entrance. Following up on a Broadband Communities 2019 article telling the story of UTOPIA Fiber’s buildout to Morgan Metropolis, this Broadband Breakfast Stay session will look at the influence of bringing broadband to this rural neighborhood. Be part of us at 12 Midday ET.


  • Steve GaleMayor, Morgan Metropolis, Utah
  • Lynne Yocom, Fiber Optics Supervisor, Utah Division of Transportation
  • Roger Timmerman, Government Director, UTOPIA Fiber
  • Warren Woodward, Director of Broadband Service, XMission Web
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Writer, Broadband Breakfast

Panelist sources:

  • From UTOPIA Fiber: A Mannequin Open Entry Community, Broadband Communities, November-December 2019
    • The agricultural neighborhood of Morgan, Utah, is the place UTOPIA Fiber’s imaginative and prescient for gradual community-by-community community enlargement is most absolutely realized. It was left within the lurch when Comcast left city and stopped offering service. (CenturyLink’s DSL was unreliable.) However with a municipal energy system, Morgan felt comfy managing strains and poles. The neighborhood started exploring choices to deliver a brand new broadband supplier to city. “The extra we researched it, the extra comfy we felt about it,” says Ty Bailey, Morgan metropolis supervisor. “Greater than financial growth, that is simply fundamental service” that town wants to supply if nobody else will. UTOPIA Fiber’s willingness to deliver the open-access mannequin to Morgan turned “a very good resolution for us.”
    • As with all fiber-to-the-home community, UTOPIA Fiber’s prices are a combination of one-time infrastructure prices and ongoing prices for backhaul transport, community operation and web providers. Folks related to the UTOPIA Fiber community converse of the 30 p.c penetration fee as an essential threshold for profitability, even in rural communities akin to Morgan….
    • “We’re thrilled to deliver UTOPIA Fiber to our rising neighborhood,” mentioned Morgan Metropolis’s mayor. “Our residents and companies have been in dire want of higher, sooner and extra dependable choices for web, and UTOPIA Fiber might be offering the absolute best resolution for our metropolis.”

Steve Gale started his place as Mayor of Morgan Metropolis in January 2022. He attended highschool in Morgan and married his highschool sweetheart. He’s thrilled that his household has additionally made their properties in Morgan and are shut by. He’s very patriotic and loves the “Pink, White and Blue.”

Because the fiber optics supervisor for the Utah Division of Transportation, Lynne Yocom manages the he communications to visitors units akin to visitors alerts, cameras, variable message indicators and the rest that wants connectivity to the system. The system is a closed community of slightly below a thousand miles of fiber optic cable. She works with telecommunication corporations to broaden the UDOT community by means of fiber-optic trades.

Roger Timmerman has been serving as UTOPIA Fiber’s Government Director since 2016 and has been a expertise administration skilled in telecommunications and data expertise for over 15 years. Roger has been designing and constructing networks all through his profession in numerous roles together with Vice President of Engineering for Vivint Wi-fi, CTO for UTOPIA Fiber, Community Engineer for iProvo, and Community Product Supervisor for Brigham Younger College. Roger earned his Bachelor of Science and Grasp of Science levels in Info Know-how from Brigham Younger College.

Warren Woodward is the Director of Broadband Service at XMission LC, the primary Salt Lake Metropolis primarily based Web Service Supplier and established in 1993. XMission is acknowledged as being the most important service supplier on the UTOPIA Fiber community, a frequently increasing municipal fiber challenge that spans 19 cities in Utah throughout the western United States.

Drew Clark is the Editor and Writer of and a nationally-respected telecommunications legal professional. Drew brings consultants and practitioners collectively to advance the advantages supplied by broadband. Underneath the American Restoration and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Linked Illinois. He’s additionally the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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