Monday, July 18, 2005

Supporters ask BellSouth, Cox to accept voters' choice

The subhead of this story is "Supporters ask BellSouth, Cox to accept voters' choice." That is putting it weakly. We demand it. Cox and BellSouth's trash talking obstructionism needs to stop now. Terry is right when he calls it obstructionism. Anyone who still believes that BellSouth is doing any of this because of a pious interest in textbook civics or a desire to educate Acadiana about his version of economics has missed what has been going on here. Not only in the last year but in the last week.

A number of people make the point:
Lafayette Utilities System should be able to connect its first fiber-to-the-home customers in about two years and could be serving everyone in the city in three to four years, unless it faces further hurdles from opponents, Director Terry Huval said Sunday.
Of course what he is talking about is obstructionism at the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the obvious threat of endless lawsuits about nonsense. Even more explicitly:
"Now, we get to start working on the project," City-Parish President Joey Durel said Sunday. "Instead of spending so much time selling the concept, we can now really do the work. The election, to me, was just a delay tactic. Hopefully, there won't be any more."
Terry can hope it; but no one believes it. If BellSouth and Cox decide it is to their financial advantage to delay a project the overwhelming majority of the people want they simply will.
"We would ask our corporate citizens, BellSouth and Cox, to realize the people of Lafayette have spoken and it's time to get out of the way," Huval said Saturday night.
We've gotten a lot of self-pitying "we've been good corporate citizens" talk; talk is cheap, let's see if they can walk the walk. Let's demand that they corporations let the compromise legislation they demanded and which will already cost our citizens money stand as it is. Let's demand that they not attempt to get PSC rules put in place that change the dictionary definition of "resources" in relation the bond issue so that the people of Lafayette cannot get a decent interest rate on a system they have voted overwhelmingly to fund.

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