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.
Louisiana Board of Ethics hopes to recover all fees paid to development consultant, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.