There are indications that the unnatural alliance between Cox and BellSouth in opposition to the LUS fiber to the premises plan has begun to shatter.
While BellSouth has rushed to join the petition effort to force a referendum on the LUS fiber plan, erstwhile ally Cox has been conspicuous by its absence and its silence.
Well, it turns out the Cox has been talking, but not with the Fiber 411 crowd. No, Cox has been talking with Mayor-President Joey Durel about dropping its opposition to the LUS plan.
First confirmation of Cox-CG talks came in the form of a phone call from fiber foe Bill LeBlanc to John St. Julien on Thursday morning. In the call, LeBlanc revealed that he'd talked to a Rotary Club president who had chaired a breakfast yesterday (Wednesday) where Durel made reference such talks.
Lafayette Pro Fiber queried Durel by email asking if such a statement had been made. In a response from his Blackberry, Durel confirmed that Cox had, indeed, made "overtures" to him about the possibility of the company dropping its opposition to the LUS plan.
In a follow-up email, Durel remarked that there was no offer, that nothing had been put on the table, and that, given the history of Cox's efforts to derail the project to date, he wasn't sure that it was anything more than a tactic.
However, Durel said that he wants Cox to know that the door is open to further, substantive talks about advancing the fiber project.
We'll hold our usual editorializing (except for the title) until the picture clarifies. But this should be very interesting.