Park City leaders on Thursday discussed possibilities for upgrading high tech capabilities in the community like broadband service that delivers fast Internet speeds, but they did not appear to make significant progress toward crafting a plan for upgrades.
The Park City Council was not scheduled to make decisions about the topic, and the elected officials indicated they wanted to continue the discussions later.
It seems City Hall staffers will spend a few months in talks with broadband providers and then return to the City Council for another discussion. It is likely a future City Council meeting would be more focused on possibilities in Park City than the talk on Thursday.
The meeting on Thursday was meant to begin the talks about what staffers have dubbed a "broadband roadmap." The City Council spoke to broadband providers and an official assigned to economic development from the office of Gov. Gary Herbert.
The broadband providers briefly outlined their capabilities in the Park City area. Some indicated there was investment in the years leading up to the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Tara Thue, from the Governor's Office of Economic Development, meanwhile said improvements could help attract businesses. She mentioned that a movie studio that is planned at Quinn's Junction would be interested in the capabilities.
Bill Coleman, a longtime figure in the Park City real estate industry, told the elected officials the city is at a competitive deficit since real estate prices are higher locally than elsewhere. He said there will also be a deficit if the city does not offer high tech capabilities.
The City Council had been expected to discuss WiFi capabilities in Park City, particularly on Main Street, but the topic was not broached. WiFi provides Internet access to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.