Shortly after launching the Government Owned Network Pledge for elected officials around the state, the Utah Taxpayers Association is thrilled to see such strong and early momentum on the project.

For over two decades, despite often disastrous results, elected officials continue to burden future office holders with long term consequences that will only come to fruition long after current officeholders are gone. The countless examples of massive losses for taxpayers are ignored to reap short term popularity and re-election. The paradigm is beginning to shift in Utah, where elected officials are taking a stand in pledging to vote against marching down the dangerous road of government owned, taxpayer funded broadband networks. 

Rather than continuing to only speak out against these efforts as they appear, the Utah Taxpayers Association is inviting elected officials to proactively look forward and pledge in public to vote against any effort of this kind. This will help ensure that future generations of elected officials and taxpayers are not left to clean up the mess from those that forget the lessons of history.

Elected officials that demonstrate the foresight and courage to do what is right for their constituents and taxpayers should be supported. The Utah Taxpayers Association asks any and all organizations and individuals to join in that effort.

We are excited to see local and state elected officials from all over Utah stepping up and signing the pledge. Information on the pledge and those that have already stepped up to the plate can be found at: