That hasn't always been the case. There was an earlier fiber fight in Lafayette and if LUS hadn't won that one we'd not likely be seeing a FTTH plan in Lafayette today.
In that fight we saw visionary courage from at least one Lafayette institution: Zydetech. Back then Zydetech, a semi-independent offshoot of the chamber, whole-heartedly endorsed fiber. And in no uncertain terms either:
'Zydetech officially announced its endorsement today for the Lafayette Utility System's plan for utilizing its existing fiber optic cable network to open up more telecommunications offerings for Lafayette.'Doug Menefee, then president, closed out the two page endorsement saying:
'Zydetech members believe that by making the citys' fiber network available Lafayette will have a leg up on other communities in the race for connectivity."
"Tuesday, August 22 will be remembered as a watershed moment in the forward progress of Lafayette. The time is now to build on the foundation already in place in order to secure our techno-future in the new millennium."I don't see anything in that statement that wouldn't apply equally today. Where is the old Zydetech? I can't imagine why we've yet to see a similar statement in this round.