Censoring Communication

Vision 2030’s original documentation expresses concern about “the risks associated with free and open access to the Internet” and asserts that Provo should strive to “provide safe and secure Internet access” (see V2030 5.2.3).  This suggests an interest in Internet censorship, although some people have suggested that it might refer to something else, instead, like keeping juvenile public-library patrons safe from pornography—but, in light of other assertions made by recent Provo officers, we at Free Provo urge caution.

Such language does not appear in Vision 2050.  This may indicate that it was removed due to public opposition.  It could also be because, when Vision 2030 was adopted in 2011, Provo owned a shoddy money-losing iProvo fiber-optic network—but it sold that network to Google Fiber in 2013 before Vision 2050 began to develop circa 2016, and Provo isn’t yet ready to censor any networks that it doesn’t own; in any case, let’s please strive to keep our communications services in private hands.  You may read more about Provo’s iProvo boondoggle elsewhere on this website.

(For more about Envisioning Statism, please see both Regulating Businesses and Socializing Healthcare.)


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