Lafayette’s Broadband Dreams

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Lafayette, a tiny hamlet in Lousiana is planning to joing the fiber future, thanks to the city’s utility. In a trend which is fast gathering momentum in rural America, most cities are trying to free themselves from the clutches of incumbents who pay little or no attention to these small towns. “I could run a high-volume Web business out of my home,” Ron Bertucci told a local newspaper and added. “That’s going to open a lot of online businesses in Lafayette.” Kevin O’Brien of Global Data Systems said he welcomes the competition LUS would present to existing telecommunications providers and added, “I think BellSouth has been charging too much for too long, and I’d like to see the city of Lafayette benefit from it.”

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The combat going on BEHIND this story is the really interesting story. One Cox rep told citizens a muni operation would allow the government to snoop into their lives. This week a BellSouth rep downplayed the importance of fiber entirely….

The whole thing has been a cage match…..from legislation pushed by a Cox and BellSouth lobbying group, to bogus “push” surveys designed to change public opinion…..

I wish more people were following this….

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