SmartUTAH: Is Utah the Cradle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Fourth Industrial Revolution

“Only virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin


We have reached the end of this series. This will be my final dig into Smart Utah. Here are the topics of the previous articles:

  1. Did You Know the Plan? Utah to Become First “Smart State”
  2. Do You Know About the Citizen Portal?
  3. The “Big Idea” Goes National
  4. Higher Education’s Fundamental Revolution of Culture
  5. The Healthcare Takeover
  6. E-Governance and YOUR Vote!


In this one we will be going over why it looks like Utah is going to be the “birthplace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Just to make it clear, this is not my prediction, but that of the Utah Elites:

From 2019 – Source-

Something to point out from the above is “blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds.” Source-

From 2021- Source-

Even national voices have taken notice:

So, what exactly is the fourth industrial revolution? Major global consulting firm, McKinsey does a decent job of explaining it below:


Essentially a new digital era, one where humans and machines seem to merge, or Transhumanism as many people call it. While there are pros like robotic arms, help with eyesight etc, there are some big cons, and we will get into those. But first let’s take a quick look at Utah’s relevant history.


Many may not be aware of the ARPAnet program. This was essentially the project that created the internet. I bet you can guess what comes next: Utah was involved — of course.

“In 1968, the nation’s top computer scientists and members of the U.S. government gathered inside the Rustler Lodge atop the Alta Ski Resort in Salt Lake County, Utah. They were about to change the world.”  Birth of the internet

This isn’t exactly the beginning though:

“In the 1960s, the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) were funding computer projects and looking for a way to network computers together. IPTO director Robert Taylor and program manager Larry Roberts proceeded with a new idea of packet-switching as a form of transferring data from one computer to another. They set out looking for the top universities in the field to research it.”

The University of Utah ended up being one of 4 nodes, along with the Department of Defense that started it all.

“A year later, four institutions—UCLA, the Stanford Research Institute, University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Utah—became the first “nodes” to that network, then known as ARPANET, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. It was the precursor to what we now call the internet.”

How cool is that? Well before you get too excited, let’s walk through another Utah company on the rise during the same timeline.


If you are from Utah, you have more than likely heard of CentraCom, or at least the boomers and Xr’s have. CentraCom is essentially the Cox family legacy (yes that Cox). To make a very long history shorter, I’ll hit the big points:

1903- Roy B. Cox starts a telephone company in Fairview Utah.

1961- Company name change to Central Utah Telephone

In the meantime, they are buying up the small guys left and right, and starting to dance around a monopoly status.

1995- Get seriously involved in internet services

1999- More fiber installed- this had been going on for several years but takes a jump here.

2001- CentraCom purchased by LICT- LICT is based in Rye, NY. CentraCom became a wholly-owned subsidiary. The Cox family still runs CentraCom under LICT. Goal was to bring forth Nex-Gen technology.

2001- Massive expansion happens

2005- They jump into cable, more expansion including Wendover, Nevada

2013- “The future of communications is in the large capacity of fiber optic networks.” CentraCom has the 2nd largest fiber optic network in the state with a network that reaches nearly every area in the state. CentraCom is the leading provider of high-capacity internet circuits.

This expansion network is instrumental in connecting the rural areas of Utah and Nevada to a nation-wide network.

2015- CentraCom installs Utah’s first 100 Gigabit Metro Backbone. (utahignite). (Remember “Utahignite” from the second blog?) This is a core program to roll out smart cities and surveillance.

Reminder that the Governor Spencer Cox, has the broadband network project listed here.

So, in short:

“CentraCom Interactive is a telecommunications company, which provides fiber-optic communication, cable internet, wireless broadband, DSL service, phone service, and cable TV to much of central, north and western Utah. CentraCom is DBA of Central Utah Telephone, Inc.

Central Utah Telephone was founded in 1903 as the first Independent rural telephone company in Fairview, Utah.” –source

Below is screenshot of network sites now operating in Utah.

Now. I’m going to hit a few other key points from the past to give you a big overview of the situation before moving into what is happening right now in Utah.

  1. Utah becomes a hub of surveillance: thanks to the 2002 Olympics — seriously. They used the Olympics to bring in massive surveillance and without the consent of Utahns. So much so that the former mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson threatened a lawsuit for spying on citizens. He was so adamant about it, and I agree, that he has a website dedicated to it… still. Like many things in Utah, Anderson and the people were ignored. The surveillance state rolled in full steam ahead.  What do you think the 2034 Olympics may lead to? I don’t dare to guess.
  2. NSA Data Center is here in Utah. Yay…
  3. Fusion Center and statewide information and analysis center
  4. Operation Wellspring began in 2013 as a pilot program for DPS (Dept of Public Safety) and the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office to leverage each other’s resources, capabilities, and focus areas. For the FBI Salt Lake City Field Office, the benefits of partnering with DPS were enormous. The supervisory special agent for cyber had additional officers who were able to investigate some of the cases which the FBI could not include in its case load. Operation Wellspring also ensured that an entire category of crimes that might otherwise go unaddressed, specifically computer-enabled financial crime with smaller monetary losses, were investigated.

Below is an image to give you an idea of how things have shifted and moved in Utah. This is from Utah’s very own UEN (Utah Education Network.)

Okay, that should catch you up a bit. Is there more? Yes. For time’s sake, we’ll move on to the current situation.


What happened to ARPAnet? I’m not entirely sure but I found this a bit intriguing. The U gets a $15 million dollar donation in 2023 as the “starting” funds to build a computer science building that will cost $120 million. This is giving those students their own space for the first time after the university connected to the ARPAnet in 1969.

Now, something interesting was announced in October of this year, 47G announces partnership with U that will “revolutionize” the aerospace & defense industry. Most of you are asking, “So what’s the big deal?”

Well, not only is it using A.I. but semiconductor technology. Oh, and there is the deal about it being “defense industry” related. The reason I point that out is ARPAnet was a deal between the Dept. of Defense and a few universities, one of which being the U.

“The organization has launched its new brand “47g” and announced a game changing partnership with the University of Utah for generation investments in artificial intelligence an semiconductor technologies…”


Now, this gets even a bit odder when you consider that Aaron Starks is involved with the above and also went with a Utah delegation to visit Ukraine in 2023 in order to get them set up with aerospace defense systems. They did indeed sign a contract according to ABC4, and Stark’s own Linkedin.


Most of you have heard of Agenda 21/2030, and you know about the sustainable development goals (SDG), 17 of them. As you probably haven’t heard, there appears to be number 18 that deals with space.

Below is some information straight from the UN and friends themselves:


The below is extremely concerning, especially considering where they have SDG18 showing up and how it enforces the other 17 goals.



Below is a presentation the NSS (National Space Society) gave explaining that they want satellites to help share information. All benign, like web-conferences and what not. Problem is, it always starts out with no ill intent and ends up being weaponized against the people. Just imagine what could happen here.

Again they say it very clearly here- SPACE IS THE MAJOR DRIVER.

Do you like the thought of “remote sensing” for data monitoring land-use, soil, water, etc.? I don’t. I would prefer for Utah to manage and control ALL our land, water, energy, food, etc. Quite frankly, this is one of the scariest slides I’ve ever seen.


Now, Coreydigs rightfully pointed out one of the big issues below. Space is going to be used for the central control grid. This is stripping sovereignty on a level I can’t really explain.


Just to hit this home please look at the below. Not only is there “space law” but there are treaties?

ESA – space law – European Space Law

United Nations Space Law and Treaties

United Nations Office of Space Affairs – Documents and Agreements

So now, how does this tie in with Utah and the 4IR (fourth industrial revolution)?


Utah has some interesting websites that make it clear Utah will be the first smart state, which is fitting since Mike Leavitt- former Governor of Utah, created the “smartUTAH” program that morphed into “smart states” in 1994. Utah is indeed the “crossroads of the world” as the World Trade Center Utah states boldly on their homepage, but it’s not what you think. It is digital in every sense of the word. We ARE the crossroads of spying, of data collection, of surveillance, of machine-human learning. Silicon slopes wasn’t an accident.

The giant golden spike that was presented in Utah this year, along with being the “preferred” Olympic 2034, location is no coincidence. All these things have meaning. Mike Leavitt has been very clear that one of his biggest goals was to push Utah into the digital world come hell or high water. Well, we’ve seen the future of this “connected” world they want so desperately, and it is hell.

To make it clear, let’s look at Utah’s very own “digital state” website.


A few questions here:

  1. Why is this website and Utah working with Google? Why is population data being dumped into Google software?
  2. Envision Utah? Why? Are they elected; do they deal with technology? Why are they on here as their own tab?
  3. Did you sign up to be lab rats for data collection? If not, you may want to take a look at this website.


We have an idea, let’s go back one last time to the 90s. Mike Leavitt’s Oquirrh Institute which, created Enlibra.

Four focus areas were:

  1. Balanced environmental progress
  2. Competency-measured education
  3. Interoperability in government
  4. Genealogy and genetics

Below is a screenshot from the Oquirrh Institute from the early 2000s and you can see their main tabs are:

  1. Environment
  2. Education
  3. Governance
  4. Health


Now let’s look at Enlibra’s principles:

  • National Standards, Neighborhood Solutions
    • Assign responsibilities at the right level- In many instances, it is entirely appropriate for the federal government to establish national environmental standards. However, states, tribes and local governments should have the flexibility to develop their own plans to achieve the national standards, and to provide accountability. Plans that consider localized ecological, economic, social and political factors often enjoy more public support and involvement and therefore can reach national standards more efficiently and effectively. Governments at all levels should reward innovation and support empowerment for any entity that can meet or exceed standards and goals through local or regional plans.
  • Collaboration, Not Polarization
    • Use collaborative processes to break down barriers and find solutions- Environmental issues tend to be highly polarizing, leading to destructive battles that don’t further environmental goals. Goals are best accomplished through balanced, open and inclusive approaches at the ground level, where stakeholders work together to formulate critical issue statements and develop solutions. Collaborative approaches often result in greater satisfaction with outcomes and broader public support at less cost, and better long-term stakeholder involvement. Public and private interests may need to provide resources to ensure these local collaborative processes are transparent, have broad participation and are supported with good technical information.
  • Reward Results, Not Programs
    • Move to a performance-based, instead of process-based, system – A clean and safe environment will best be achieved when government actions are focused on outcomes, not programs and processes, and when innovative approaches to achieving desired outcomes are rewarded. Federal, state and local policies should encourage “outside the box” thinking in the development of strategies to achieve desired outcomes. Solving problems, rather than just complying with programs, should be rewarded.
  • Science For Facts, Process for Priorities
    • Separate subjective choices from objective data gathering- Environmental science is complex and uncertainties often exist. Competing interests usually point to data supporting their view and ignore or attack conflicting or insufficient information. This results in polarized positions, interferes with reconciling the problems, and may leave stakeholders in denial. Public confidence declines and the stridency of debate increases. A much better approach is to reach agreement on the underlying facts as well as the range of uncertainty surrounding the issue before framing the choices. A public, balanced and inclusive collaborative process should be used, with a range of respected scientists and peer-reviewed science. If agreement on scientific facts cannot be reached, decision-makers must evaluate the differing information and make the difficult policy choices.
  • Markets Before Mandates – Pursue economic incentives whenever appropriate
    • While most individuals, businesses, and institutions want to achieve desired environmental outcomes at the lowest cost to society, many environmental programs include mandates enforced through the threat of legal action, fines and other penalties. While the end result may be environmental protection, this approach is not always efficient or cost- effective. By contrast, market-based approaches and economic incentives often result in more efficiency at less cost and may lead to less resistance and more rapid compliance. These win-win approaches reward environmental performance, promote economic health, encourage innovation and increase trust among all stakeholders.
  • Change a Heart, Change a Nation – Environmental education and understanding are crucial
    • Governments at all levels can develop policies, programs and procedures to protect the environment. But the success of these policies ultimately depends on the daily choices of citizens. Beginning with the nation’s youth, people need to understand their relationship with the environment. They need to understand the importance of sustaining and enhancing the natural world for themselves and future generations. If we are able to make environmental progress, it will be because citizens understand that a healthy environment is critical to the social and economic health of the nation. Government has a role in educating people about stewardship of natural resources.
  • Recognition of Benefits and Costs – Make sure all decisions affecting infrastructure, development and environment are fully informed
    • Environmental decisions should be guided by an assessment of the true costs and true benefits of different options, including life-cycle costs. These assessments can illustrate advantages of various methods of achieving common public goals. However, not all benefits and costs are measured in dollars. Non-economic factors, such as equity within and across generations, should also be fully considered in every assessment. Options should consider all social, legal, economic and political factors, while ensuring that neither quantitative nor qualitative factors dominate.
  • Solutions Transcend Political Boundaries – Use appropriate geographic boundaries to resolve problems
    • Many environmental challenges fall within natural geographic locations, but most cross political and agency boundaries. Focusing on the natural boundaries of the problem helps identify the appropriate science, possible markets, cross-border issues, and the full range of affected interests and governments that should participate and facilitate solutions. Voluntary interstate strategies as well as other partnerships are important tools as well.

This leads us to the wrap up:

Envision Utah was/is the process or project from Coalition for Utah’s Future and Leavitt’s “principles” dream. To prove that Envision Utah  from 2001, the “program” is listed as environment.


So, in short where do you think the global WHO “One Health” program came from? How do you think they manage and track ALL of your data to roll out a social credit score? How do you control an entire society? You do it through digital data. Who and where is that being controlled?

I’ll leave it up to you to decide, but I would suggest that everyone look closer at Utah. Things are not right, and frankly, it’s scary. I worry for my safety; I worry for American’s freedoms. This is not what our country was meant to be, at least not to the people living here.

Did you consent to any of this? I did not, and I will not. I don’t think this is benevolent, kind, or just.

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend upon their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.” – James Madison

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2 Responses

  1. This information needs to be gotten to people like Glenn Beck and The Blaze. The can get this out to a lot of people.

    1. It’s a good thought, yes it needs to keep getting out. If we can share the articles from here and expand our audience, that would also be effective. If you’ve followed Defending Utah long enough, you’d know we’ve documented multiple times that Glenn Beck is not on our side, and he turns on freedom at key moments. He has consistently done this over time. Here’s an article I wrote, about the Council on Foreign Relations (the elite thinktank of the new world order in America) and how they are part of his show, spreading propaganda on purpose.

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