Lafayette will soon be the most wired city in the world, and our municipally-owned fiber optic network is the envy of visionaries across the country, including leaders in thriving cities like Seattle and San Francisco. How will those cities use their networks to improve the quality of life and economic development there? And can their visions help us maximize the investment we’ve made in Lafayette?
Hear the plans first hand from the people responsible for making things happen in two of the most vibrant cities in America. This event is the only ticketed event open to the general public during Fiber Fête, a three-day, invitation only conference designed to jump-start the economic development that LUS Fiber makes possible. (Fiber Fête registration is full.)
Seattle’s chief technology officer Bill Shrier has been working to get his city wired with fiber for years, slowly deploying a citywide community anchor fiber network. Now, with a new mayor committed to see his community realize the dream of a fully fibered city, Shrier’s goal is to ensure that up-to-date technology tools are used efficiently and effectively to run government and keep Seattle competitive in business. Shrier, whom Computerworld
Magazine named a Premier 100 Leader for 2010, was also recognized as one of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2008.
Called San Francisco’s “tech zeitgeist” by Computerworld Magazine, chief information officer Chris Vein has also been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 CIOs by Information Week Magazine and was named this year to the Top 25 Dreamers, Doers and Drivers list by Government Technology Magazine. Now responsible for setting the city’s technology vision and direction, Chris’ has worked in the public sector at Science Applications International
Corporation and, in a non-political role, at the White House, supporting three Presidents of the United States.
The speakers will be introduced by Joanne Hovis, president of Columbia Telecommunications Corporation. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation and a recognized authority on the broadband market, Hovis recently testified before Congress on the economics of broadband deployment.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Tender meat and crispy bread create a white-linen-worthy sandwich
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.