Potential Macquarie/Utopia Public-Private Partnership

Below is some information regarding the “Milestone 1” report explaining the basics of the potential public-private partnership between Macquarie & Utopia.

Here are the basics:

  • Creates a public-private partnership for up to 30 years 
  • Access to premium internet service (up to 1GB) available through multiple service providers
  • Percentage of revenues generated from premium services applied toward existing debt or decreasing utility fee
  • Every residential & business address in the 11-city network will have a fiber connection & a monthly utility fee
  • Monthly utility fee includes basic internet service for no additional charge 

The City will be holding two open meetings
June 5th at 5:00 PM and June 19th @ 6:00 PM. 

Both meetings will be at the Senior Friendship Center at 93 N 400 E in Orem. Please email questions you would like discussed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The City Council will vote whether to proceed to Milestone 2 on June 26th at 6:00 PM in the council chambers

These links can give you some additional information about the “Milestone 1” report:

For more information about fiber and the proposal please visit gofiberutah.org. You can also view FAQ below.

Who will make the decision on this partnership and what does moving to milestone 2 mean?

What is MacQuarie and UTOPIA's responsibility under this partnership?

Would this partnership bring fiber to my house and what is the advantage to having fiber?

Is the utility fee charged to everyone or just those who use the fiber network?

How long does this partnership last and what happens when Orem's responsibilities are fulfilled?

Why is there a 20 GB cap on the basic Internet service?

How would this partnership affect schools?

What will it cost to get fiber installed at my house?

How would this affect current UTOPIA customers and those who paid to be connected to Fiber?

What would happen if Orem decided not to move forward with this partnership?

Why can't MacQuarie guarantee that the utility fee would be enough to pay down the debt?

What if lawsuits are brought against this partnership and how would that affect Orem?

What would happen to Orem's future if it was the only large city in the county without fiber?

What is the general timeline for this project?

Is the current UTOPIA debt included in the project price?

What reason do we have to believe MacQuarie will be different than UTOPIA?

What if I like my current Internet provider and don't want to switch?

Why is the proposed utility fee more than the current UTOPIA fee?


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About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population passes 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem becoming the fifth-largest city in Utah according to the 2010 US Census.