One of the major inaccuracies in Mr. Patin's letter is that the project would be $125 million, but only serve 14,893 homes. Wrong! The project will cost about $50 million to run lines along each street and will cost $110.5 million if the system is actually providing services to over 24,000 residential customers and some 2,000 business customers.
Another inaccuracy is that LUS will charge $60 for a "triple play" of cable TV, telephone and Internet services. The only price LUS has used to illustrate its prices is an $85 triple play. While we expect a number of customers may purchase this option, we also expect many customers to choose enhanced (but still competitively-priced) options, so that the average bill per residential customer may be well above $85 per residential customer. Business customers will also be able to take advantage of advanced services that will generate greater revenue than the typical residential customer. In all cases, LUS telecommunications customers will be able to experience an approximate 20 percent reduction in their cable TV, telephone and Internet service bills.
The funds used for this project will be revenue bonds (not funds through a local bank), so Mr. Patin's predictions of local favoritism will not take place. The international financial institutions involved in these transactions are very thorough in their examination of such a project's feasibility study and will not lend LUS money unless they strongly feel the bonds can be paid.
Also, Mr. Patin's assertion of a higher utility bill due to this project is a blatant inaccuracy. Based on the financing structure contemplated, utility bills will not increase because of this project. In fact, it is very possible that utility bills would decrease due to this successfully deployed project.
It is unfortunate that misinformation such as that provided by Mr. Patin continues to be released by opponents to the LUS FTTH Project. We would do an injustice to our citizens in Lafayette if we did not respond to these inaccuracies.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
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With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.