City should move forward on fiber- to-the-home plan
Today we begin a series of commentaries on the proposed expansion of the Lafayette Utility System into the telecommunications field. We have withheld comment until now - waiting to acquire and carefully study all the information necessary for an informed opinion. We believe we are at that point.Snips from the endorsement:
Our conclusion is that Lafayette should go forward with the plan.
What really is at stake is the competitive position of a small community in a global economy....Becoming a leader in telecommunications will position Lafayette for powerful economic progress. The LUS plan can make us a leader....Elected city-parish officials are trying, through this plan, to make good on promises to bring growth and prosperity to our community.
Why are they waging this negative battle?...Because they can...They wield enormous political clout and have very deep pockets. They are concerned about loss of customers in Lafayette, but beyond that they are fearful of the message that a victory for LUS would send across the nation
This is wonderful. A powerful endorsement. Even better—and even more praiseworthy, should that be possible—is that they will be following their endorsement with a series of analyses addressing the issue. That's the way it ought to be done and I am mightily impressed.
TOMORROW: There are numerous situations in which government does -- and should -- compete in the marketplace.