Hey, the Louisiana Cable and Telecommunications Association has joined the suit in support of BellSouth/Cox and Fiber411. The organization is composed of cable companies, so the list of members is interesting but not significant. What did you expect?
In the story Huval notes that he doesn't think BS and Cox are prepared to play fair. The story calls to mind an earlier event that reflects on the likelihood that the incumbents would actually play by neutral rules they initially agree to (presided over by the chamber) by citing a little recent history:
"Last year, the chamber proposed a forum with Cox, BellSouth and LUS to explore the issue.It's always a good thing when people remember their history. When it came right down to it, when BellSouth and Cox failed in an attempt to blackmail the chamber into changing the rules to favor them, the incumbents went home in a huff. There is no reason to believe they'd play any fairer in this situation.
After weeks of negotiations, rules and questions for the forum were finally hammered out. But days before the forum was held, BellSouth and Cox pulled out."