UTOPIA network to receive federal grant

LAYTON, Utah (AP) — A $16 million federal grant will allow Layton and seven other cities to connect public facilities to high-speed Internet.The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency was told Thursday it would receive federal stimulus money.The grant is anticipated to produce more than 200 new jobs, complete an additional 20 percent of the needed network infrastructure and provide growth in eight of UTOPIA’s 16 cities.The other seven cities named are Centerville, Perry, Payson, Midvale, Murray, Orem and West Valley City.The cities will have to have a total of $7.2 million in matching funds to receive the federal grant.

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