High-speed Public Fiber Arrives at Mt. Timpanogos ParkOrem City and UTOPIA Complete Network Buildout Just in Time for Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
Orem, Utah (August 29, 2016) — Modern technology meets the ancient art of storytelling this weekend as Orem City and UTOPIA complete buildout of a brand new fiber network to Mt. Timpanogos Park. The collaboration brings high-speed public Wi-Fi to the Timpanogos Storytelling festival for the first time.
“The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is an Orem tradition,” Orem City Manager Jamie Davidson said. “Working with UTOPIA on this project has allowed us to make this event even better, in addition to improving the park overall.”
In recent years, Orem City received complaints about a lack of internet connectivity at the festival and saw a need for public Wi-Fi at Timpanogos park, for both events and everyday usage. As a member of UTOPIA’s municipal fiber network, Orem City was able to complete the buildout in short order with the help of UDOT. Now that buildout is complete, visitors at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will enjoy free public Wi-Fi speeds up to 1 Gbps – connectivity rivaling large cities like Austin and Kansas City.
“Our strategic partnerships made this possible,” UTOPIA Executive Director Roger Timmerman said. “The Mt. Timpanogos Park project is a perfect example of how UTOPIA works with cities and municipalities to provide residents with otherwise unobtainable internet speeds.”
About the Timpanogos Storytelling FestivalFounded in 1989, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is one of the largest annual storytelling festivals in the United States, drawing more than a combined 25,000 people to its events. The bulk of the summer festival takes place over a two-day period at the 44-acre Mount Timpanogos Park where professional storytellers from across the country gather to tell a variety of stories to attendees of all ages.About UTOPIAThe Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) consists of a group of Utah cities that joined together to form an ultra-high-speed fiber-optic network, providing fiber infrastructure to their residents. UTOPIA’s fiber network allows faster services and its open access model fosters competition among private sector service providers who offer Internet, television, telephone and other services. Customers enjoy the freedom to choose their own service providers, the best prices and the best service. For more information, please visithttp://www.utopianet.org.