Utah is building out fiber to the home while Massachusetts bickers about wifi

The UTOPIA Community MetroNet is an alliance of fourteen Utah cities building out optical fiber communications plant and operating it as a public utility open to all. Using UTOPIA, homes and businesses can choose one (or many) of several commercial providers of data, voice, and television services without being locked into the local cable or telephone monopoly or having to install a satellite dish or other equipment. Fiber to the Home is the best possible future for internet connectivity, and the Utah effort is the largest I’ve seen to date. Meanwhile, Boston, Cambridge, and other Massachusetts cities are bickering over how to provide municipal wifi using technology that will be obsolete by the time it is deployed. Why are they so far behind?