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?
The Lafayette Parish School Board's mishandling of its insurance selection process over the last two years has caught the attention of the FBI.
Kids under 18 will have to pursue skin cancer the old-fashioned way.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his District 5 seat in the upcoming election.
The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity sent the pledge request to all 144 lawmakers in February.
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound former second-round pick has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five seasons.
The state argues that if they identify how they're getting the drugs, they could have trouble buying more because companies don't want to be known as helping in an execution.
The enrollment period ends this month.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
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.
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.
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.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.