The ministerial group mentioned in the story linked to in the headline for this post gets to the heart of the corporatist approach to infrastructure buildouts: It perpetuates and magnifies divisions in communities.
In the views of Cox and BellSouth, Louisiana is not ready for fiber to the home technology; and, if Louisiana is not ready, then Lafayette is not ready. Once Lafayette is deemed ready (at some point a decade or so into the future and probably after Baton Rouge and Jefferson Parish) not all of Lafayette will be deemed ready; it will be certain sections of Lafayette.
This is the essence of the digital divide.
Critics (i.e., petitioners) of the LUS plan are, apparently, threatened by the prospect of all citizens -- regardless of class -- having access to advanced network services.
That is the true beauty of the LUS plan: it is for ALL of us!