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 (Brigham City, Centerville, Layton, Lindon, Midvale, Murray, Orem, Payson, Perry, Tremonton, and West Valley City) 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 $50 off for signing up as an XMission referral.  You can use my name BLAKE GONZALES to get $50 off when signing up with UTOPIA and XMission!

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