Thursday, September 16, 2004

Looking at the Feasibility study

An earlier post promised more after we'd secured a copy of the feasibility study that LUS was forced to turn over to Cox. Now that the study is in hand I can report its most outstanding quality. It is....thin.

Deliberately so, I have no doubt. Nothing appears that isn't the bare bones of what is required to report a responsible feasibility study. In all honesty that makes perfect sense.

LUS is in a battle, one not of its own making. They've been attacked, and attacked unfairly. They expect it to continue—with good reason. From that standpoint it makes no sense to hand your opponents any ammunition. You don't expose anything that you don't want shot up.

And it leaves folks like me, folks who'd like to see a good, spirited, public conversation about Lafayette's fiber plan frustrated and angry, even if we are sympathetic. The very worse thing about the incumbent's strategy is that it denies the people of Lafayette a chance to have a full, real, honest and open, discussion about our future fiber network. A discussion that could build our community's vision of itself, and bring it together as few investments could.

I've said it before and I say it again now. BellSouth and Cox are not members of the Lafayette Community. They are Atlanta-based conglomerates. Their interest in Lafayette is limited to the Return On Investment they can make here. Nobody does, or nobody should, take their protestations about being concerned for our well-being seriously. From push polls to throwing tantrums about the Fiber Forum to gratiously insulting those we elect to patronizingly telling us what we really want to lying about who they are on websites and blogs they have amply demonstrated that they are not members of the Lafayette community and deserve only to be ignored.

But with BellSouth and especially Cox shouting we can't have a decent conversation.

And we really ought to be very angry about that.

......ok, I feel just a little better. There is lots of interest in and lots to think about in the feasibility study. Even if it is thin. We'll give the real media a crack at it, blog their responses and fill in the gaps. You'll hear more from this location.

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