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Type Private
Industry Internet service provider
Founded Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. (October, 1993)
Founders Pete Ashdown
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Number of locations 1 office, 1 data center (December, 2007)
Area served Worldwide
Key people Pete Ashdown (Founder, President)
Services Internet access
Data center
Web hosting service
Email hosting
Virtual private server
Hosted PBX
Owners Pete Ashdown
Jan Ashdown
Employees 44 (December, 2007)
Website XMission.com

XMission was the first and is one of the few remaining independent Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Utah, United States, founded in late 1993 by Pete Ashdown.[1][2] Starting in 2003, the company began providing free wireless internet in public libraries and some local businesses. By the Summer of 2005, XMission worked out an agreement with Salt Lake City government to expand free wireless to many parts of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.[3][4][5] XMission also provides streaming support for radio stations, including NPR affiliate KCPW-FM and independent radio station KRCL.

XMission also provides free accounts to hundreds of non-profit organizations and sponsors many events, including the Utah Open Source Conference,[6] the Living Planet Aquarium, the Living Traditions Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, and the Twilight Concert Series.[7]

XMission has a policy of refusing requests by government agencies to monitor its customers without a warrant.[8][9][10]

The company announced in late 2007 that it would be upgrading to 100% renewable energy, provided by Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky program.[7] This move makes the company the first ISP in Utah to use entirely environmentally friendly power.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Can Techie Oust Orrin Hatch?". Wired. 2006-05-01. 
  2. ^ Press | XMission Internet
  3. ^ Deseret Morning News | Main Street is going wireless
  4. ^ Downtown Developments | Salt Lake City | New West Network
  5. ^ WiFi on Main Street
  6. ^ Utah Open Source. "Sponsor List". Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  7. ^ a b Broadband and Web Hosting Service Provider, XMission, Converts to Total Renewable Energy
  8. ^ Tiny Utah-based ISP makes a name for itself by rebuffing government snoops; Meet Xmission, the internet service provider embracing transparency as it shields customers from warrantless authorities, Rory Carroll in Salt Lake City, guardian.co.uk, 9 July 2013
  9. ^ “What Is That Box?” — When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company, For nine months, this Utah ISP had a little black box in the corner, courtesy of the NSA. Its owner tells his story. Justine Sharrock, BuzzFeed, July 19, 2013
  10. ^ When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company, Posted by samzenpus, July 21, 2013, from the when-the-man-comes-around dept.
  11. ^ TH-NW : Web Host XMission Goes Green - Tophosts.com
  12. ^ North American Windpower: Content / FYI / XMission Converts To 100% Renewable Energy

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