Friday, February 18, 2005

"EATEL days away from offering TV service"

Readers will recall occasional posts regarding EATEL's fiber build-out in Ascension parish. They are almost ready to begin delivering services. I found the link at Doug's--and I couldn't resist treating readers here to the story's closing sentences:
"In Lafayette, the local utility this year plans to begin competing against the established players for Internet, TV and phone customers. No plans in Baton Rouge by public or private players to build a fiber-to-the-home network that would boost competition in the capital. "
Now if the Baton Rouge Business Report can figure out how this competition thing works....

(Not at the link? Try February 18th, 2005 in the archive)


Neal Breakfield said...

Dear John:

Why is it that you are the only one who posts on your web site? Oh, wait... Joey has something to say:

"It's a little scary... thinking of government getting into an entrepreneurial role is something that we were all kind of taught in civics that government doesn't do. Government doesn't compete with the private sector."

- Joey Durel, Campaign 2003

John said...

Folks, this is typical of Neal and, I have to say, the folks at Fiber411. If you'll look at adjacent posts you'll see that Neal, instead of actually responding to any of the articles or commentary just repeats himself 18 times. There’s no communication attempted. It's a tantrum; the (im)moral equivalent of pissing on a neighbor's wall because he said something you didn't like.

It would be easier to develop some respect for these guys if they'd show some for themselves.

Likely what is frustrating Neal is the growing wave of formerly silent support made visible in response to Joey Durel's call to action. And likely LPF is a target because he doesn't like what I say about the boys in response to yesterday's tirade posted to our site. (See

He can't answer real questions. He just continues to parrot whatever the last angry thing he or some handler feeds him.

I'll repeat what is obviously a futile plea: Start answering real questions. Quit mouthing nonsense.

I'm out of patience with these guys.

GumboFilé said...

It's not competition if one has a territorial monopoly on the lawful use of force and the others don't. Like all civil governments, always and everywhere, the city-parish has a territorial monopoly on the lawful use of force. No business has such power. Cox and BellSouth have no such power. It should be obvious why the city-parish is willing to take a risk that Cox and BellSouth are unwilling to take. The city-parish has the power to force the people of Lafayette to bail it out. Cox and BellSouth have no such power. It should be obvious that this is unfair to Cox and BellSouth and to the people of Lafayette.

Neal Breakfield said...


People who can beat the message don't waste time trying to beat up the messenger.

WE have thick skin. You have no message.

The community's RIGHT to vote on this is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is the law.

You want to break the law to ensure that you get your way.

You are entitled to your opinion, but if you try to break the law to infringe on OUR rights, WE can and will do something about it.

And no amount of insults will dissuade US from it.

Neal Breakfield said...


You are absolutely right about one thing: I was rude and I apologize. No excuses. I apologize to you and all the other users for spamming your site.

It will not happen again... with one exception: I will post this where I spammed in hopes that it will clear the air.

I want what I think most of us want: a meaningful, informative and civil discussion where all sides can be heard.

John said...


Thanks, that's a gracious and straightforward apology.


We all get wound a mite tighter than is good for us at times. Myself included.