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Thursday, May 22, 2008
AFCNet/Surpha Agreement on May 27 City Council Agenda

It's pretty big news for American Fork's municipal broadband system. UTOPIA is in the news, too.

When I noted yesterday that an agreement seems near -- finally -- in American Fork City's negotiations with Surpha over the sale of AFCNet, our municipal broadband system, I didn't know that action on an agreement would be on the agenda for the City Council's May 27 meeting. But it is . . .

Item 16 is "Consideration and action on entering into an executive session to discuss the sale of real property."

Item 17 is "Review and action on an agreement for purchase and sale of the American Fork City In-City Broadband Network."

The way these agendas work, we may safely assume that these two items are related. Note that the public will be excused from the room for the Council's discussion of Item 16. The meeting will be reopened to the public for discussion of Item 17. (As it happens, Item 18 is another executive session to discuss a presumably unrelated personnel matter, so don't get too comfortable in your chair, if you attend.) 

While we're on the subject of municipal broadband on the Wasatch Front, UTOPIA, eleven other Utah communities' joint attempt at municipal broadband, has been in the news lately, trying to get those cities' approval to refinance its debt. If you want to see more discussion on both sides of the issue, this Google News search should fetch it for you, at least for now, along with some interesting discussion of similar projects nationwide.

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