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UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) Fiber is a group of 11 Utah cities that joined together in 2004 to build, deploy and operate a fiber to the home (FTTH) network to every business and household within their communities. Using an active Ethernet infrastructure and operating at the wholesale level, they support open access and promote competition in all telecommunications services.
Optic fibers are hair-thin, flexible strands of glass through which light beams can travel. The strand functions as a waveguide, or “light pipe” to transmit light between the two ends of the fiber. Fiber can handle basically an infinite amount of speed, allowing high speeds at a low cost.
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For the latest updates on availability in Syracuse, follow the link below to the UTOPIA website:Utopia Map - Syracuse
The land developer and municipality who created the building lot allow easements to be created on private property for the laying and maintenance of public utilities. These are called Public Utility Easements (PUE) and are shown (usually as dotted lines) on subdivision plats that are available at the Davis County Recorder’s Office in Farmington. The utilities that commonly have access to these easements are:
Sometimes specific easements are created for entities such as the North Davis Sewer District but they are usually specifically labeled rather than listed as a Public Utility Easement which is simply shown as a PUE.
PUEs are on most private properties in subdivisions that have been created in the past 40 years (almost all of residential Syracuse). These easements often follow all property lines but are most commonly along the front and rear. Common easement widths range between seven and 10 feet. Since private property lines start at the back of sidewalk, most PUEs will provide public utilities access to between to the first seven and 10 feet of a front yard. The sidewalk, parkstrip, and road are all public property, so easements are not necessarily required. Utility work in these areas is also possible but more likely to be filled with larger pipes and conduits like water, sewer, and storm drains. Power, internet, gas, and phone lines tend to take up unused space or placed in private yard space utilizing PUEs. PUEs are why utility boxes are almost always behind the sidewalk.
Also, the City is not performing any of the UTOPIA work. It is all being done by contractors hired and managed by UTOPIA. For questions and concerns about Utopia digging, contact:
No. Not unless there isn't an easement. It’s UTOPIA’s responsibility to verify that an easement exists. Again, you can check with the Davis County Recorder to verify if there is an easement on your property. Davis County Recorder 61 North Main Street, Farmington, Utah 84025 Office: 801-451-3225
No. No notice is required. It’s their easement which gives them access and the ability to install and maintain their utilities. Aside from nuisance ordinance restrictions, they can dig whenever and however they would like within the easement area. Utility companies are also not responsible to cleanup or repair any damage done while working in an easement. This is a big reason why we require people to get permission from easement holders before building anything in an easement area. Companies usually clean up and repair any impacts they create but they are not legally required to do so. That’s a big reason why the easements exist.
Yes - those in Davis County include Layton, Clearfield, Centerville, and West Point. Check out the website for more information on other cities: https://www.utopiafiber.com/cities/
All possible internet options have had equal access to the city. Legally the city cannot discriminate between providers by blocking one from the city. Just as cable networks have access to easements, Utopia could have accessed this under the same terms. The significant difference at this time is that Utopia has entered into an agreement with the city where the city has guaranteed a very minimal service level minimizing their risk of the installation costs.
The fiber optic lines being laid in yards at this time is the backbone that allows any resident in the city to choose to connect or not. It uses the public right of way to give access to all current and future users. Just like a water pipe or other utility access, it must be there to be accessible to all, and even future users should you choose at a later time to access it.
Every individual resident has a choice and you can use your provider of choice. The installation of UTOPIA just making more options possible.
No, it is optional.
No, the cost of installing the fiber lines is paid for by Utopia.
Once the service is available you may choose to sign up for one of the provider options that use these fiber lines. Your choice is between you and the provider.
There is no direct payment to the city at any time. If you choose to sign up for a service that uses the fiber lines you will pay directly to the service provider of your choice.
Installing the backbone of fiber optics available to all residents does not mean you have signed up and are on a fiber optic service. That is still a choice for each resident. If you sign up, the results of that are between you and your contract provider.
Whoever your contracted provider is. The city is not taking on any bigger part of your service by allowing fiber optic options to be available to you.
Please reach out to B. Jackson Construction:
Darren WoolleyOffice : 801-260-0988Cell: firstname.lastname@example.org