On February 18, 2016, West Valley City announced its high-speed Wi-Fi initiative, West Valley City Connect, which will bring free Wi-Fi to parks and buildings throughout the city. West Valley City Connect was launched first at the West Valley Family Fitness Center and has since expanded to sixteen parks throughout the city:

  • Scottsdale Park, 3755 West 3100 South

  • City Park, 4500 West 3500 South

  • Maple Meadows Park, 2520 West 3380 South

  • Woodledge Park, 5210 West 4310 South

  • Peachwood Park, 3510 West 3965 South

  • Bridle Farms Park, 6690 West 3940 South

  • Kingspointe Park, 1330 West Rothchild Drive

  • Parkway Park, 3405 West Parkway Blvd.

  • Centennial Park, 5405 West 3100 South

  • Back Nine Park, 4105 West 3010 South

  • Country Meadows Park, 4175 West 3980 South

  • Falcon Crest Park, 4055 South 7060 West

  • Hunter Ridge Park, 4383 South 5710 West

  • Meadowlands Park, 3200 South Waterleaf Way

  • West View Park, 6036 West 4100 South

  • Fassio Farm Park, 3720 South 5200 West

 

This free public Wi-Fi allows visitors to enjoy internet access with connection speeds up to 100 times faster than the national average.  

 

“Internet access is no longer a luxury; it is becoming a necessity,” says City Manager Wayne Pyle. “This is about providing high speed Internet service to communities within our city that haven’t before had access.”

 

West Valley City Connect is part of the UTOPIA (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) network, which will be expanding throughout the city during the upcoming year. In addition to the installation of Wi-Fi in public places, UTOPIA will expand residential access to their fiber optic network, with more than 2,700 West Valley City homes expected to be connected by the end of 2016. To fulfill this offering, West Valley City is leveraging preexisting assets that are part of UTOPIA’s state-of-the-art fiber optic network. 

 

The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency, more commonly known as UTOPIA, consists of a group of Utah cities that joined together to form an ultra-high-speed fiber-optic network and provide critical advanced communications infrastructure to their residents. The network offers fiber-to-the-premises technology allowing for faster services that are uninterrupted by copper wiring or shared connections with neighbors. Its open access model fosters competition among private sector service providers who offer Internet, television, telephone and other services, giving customers the freedom to choose their own service providers, the best prices and the best service.