Before the end of November 2013, Layton City will provide public filtered UTOPIA wi-fi access, dubbed “Layton Lightspeed”, to certain areas within the Layton Commons Park, Ellison Park, and several other parks.
While the actual wi-fi speed will not be at UTOPIA’s full capacity, due to limitations in wireless transmitting equipment, it will be noticeably fast.
During the last year and a half, with the help of a $16 million Federal grant, UTOPIA deployed fiber communications to anchor institutions within the City, such as educational, government and healthcare facilities, including City facilities and parks.
These City facilities and parks are a natural place to house UTOPIA equipment huts since there is no additional cost to acquire the property. With fiber now in place at or near most of these locations, the City will offer wi-fi service to the public while efforts continue to provide UTOPIA fiber optic service to homes and businesses within Layton City.
Alex Jensen, Layton City Manager, said “Layton Lightspeed” will give the public a taste of the speed of UTOPIA and will be a free service provided by the City. Residents are encouraged to use it. Jensen also said it will provide a nice amenity in our parks and service will be filtered.
Coverage at Layton Commons Park will include the phase 1 bowery and baseball bleachers on the north end; the Surf ‘N Swim and small pool areas; the parking lots in front of City Hall and the Davis Arts Council, the Phase 2 bowery; the Ed Kenley Amphitheater, and the playground area south of the museum.
Council member Michael Bouwhuis said it is a great plan that will provide a service to two critical city partners -- the Davis Arts Council and the Heritage Museum.
Coverage at Ellison Park will include the main bowery and playground area, concessions building, baseball bleachers and splash pad. Other Layton Parks to receive service include: Andy Adams, Chapel Street, Chelsea Meadows, Oak Forest, Sandridge, Vae View and Woodward.
UTOPIA, or Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, is a state-of-the-art fiber optic network supported by its member communities and built to benefit residents and business.