Lafayette Consolidated Government has gone live with its own
internal phone network, expected to generate approximately $1 million in
savings over the next decade. The new Internet-Protocol-Telephony system
converges local government’s phone and data services onto one network, run
largely over city-owned fiber optics and managed by the city’s IT department.
The system greatly reduces LCG’s dependence on AT&T’s services. “AT&T used to do everything,” says LCG Chief
Information Officer Keith Thibodeaux. “Now, the entire system is internal to
us.” While the system will still be relying on some AT&T network lines, Thibodeaux anticipates LCG’s phone bill with AT&T to go down from $60,000 a month to approximately $20,000 a month. The majority of the savings will go toward paying off the system's costs as well as upgrades to the city's network. The IPT system, which has been a goal of City-Parish President Joey Durel's administration over the past three years, also offers LCG employees added features such as call-forwarding and integrated messaging. “It’s efficiency, productivity and some cost savings,” Thibodeaux
says. “That’s why we did it.”
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.