1) BellSouth is installing fiber, and that is the functional equivalent of the LUS proposal. Wrong. BellSouth says it might deploy fiber to the neighborhood here. While that would be a significant upgrade over their current network, it would not remotely resemble the capacity of fiber to the home. Claiming that fiber towards the home equals fiber to the home is like confusing Lake Arthur with Los Angeles because they have the same initials and they're both west of Lafayette.
2) Cox has the expansion capacity to offer future advanced services for many years to come. Wrong. Cox's network capacity can't deliver HDTV to every TV in every home on its network, nor can it deliver anywhere near the bandwidth capacity that LUS will be able to. I'm a Cox customer (cable, phone and Internet) and it's a red-letter day when I can achieve one-tenth of the download speeds Cox advertises.
3) Next generation wireless services will negate the need for fiber. Wrong. Wireless is great, but high traffic degrades its speed, reliability and range. Fiber infrastructure enables wireless expansion and utility ' but wireless cannot replace fiber because robust wireless runs on fiber infrastructure.
4) Lafayette businesses already have access to fiber if they choose it. Wrong. Affordable, abundant bandwidth is the key to economic competitiveness. Incumbents offer bandwidth at speeds and costs that work for them, but not for small businesses. Network speeds are slower and the costs higher here than in competing markets. The competition is not only in Baton Rouge or Shreveport, but also in Bangalore, Shanghai, Seoul and European cities.
5) Finally, Larry claims: "we already have a vibrant and changing competitive infrastructure." Tragically wrong! The phone and cable industries have spent hundreds of millions of dollars successfully lobbying and lawyering to deny competitors access to their networks. A duopoly does not constitute a vibrant and competitive environment.
The LUS fiber project is an investment in the future of this community that will better enable businesses here to compete in a global and knowledge-driven economy. The opposition's actual message is that Lafayette should lower its expectations to whatever the incumbents will offer us. Where would Lafayette be today if previous generations of leaders had adopted this slacker attitude?
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
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.
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.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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.
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.
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.