I’ve been using connected networks since the BBS, gopher, and packet radio days.  Since that time, getting connected has always been somewhat of a mixed bag in-terms of availability and stability.  Enter 2018 when I recently moved to one of the several Utah cities that have access to the UTOPIA network and XMission.  Network speeds (250Mbs to 10Gbps) are truly much more than I need, latency (1-2ms) is very low, and my connection is solid and stable 24/7.  Trifecta.  Bandwidth is not shared with my neighbors as I have a dedicated connection from my home, through UTOPIA, all way to my XMission ISPNirvanaBliss.

Screen Shot 2018-12-28 at 12.17.17 AM.jpgInstallation was very easy.  UTOPIA came out before install day to discuss where to run fiber across my property and into my home.  During install they ran a conduit under my driveway and made a very small hole next to my electric meter for a pathway into my garage to run the fiber bundle.  If I remember correctly there were 4 fibers in the bundle, but only one is needed.

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From there they installed their modem and connected into my Cat 6 wiring in my home.  They left plenty of extra coiled up fiber in my wall in case they ever need to make modifications.  I decided to install an in-wall enclosure in my garage wall to house everything.

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Ok, now for the good part.  I’m paying $67.00/mo total (no taxes!) for 250Mbs service.  There were no startup fees, no deposits, and no rental fees.  And me and a friend both got a $50 discount for signing up as an XMission referral.  You can use my name BLAKE GONZALES as your promo code to get $50 off when signing up with UTOPIA and XMission!

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