This early reaction BayouBuzz piece is worth a gander in the "What's being said department" if you've not seen it already.
Sabludowsky gets it right:
Lafayette, Louisiana--In one of the most critical votes by a city against the traditional way for its citizens to obtain telecom services and media services that could have ripple effects throughout the U.S., City of Lafayette, Lafayette Louisiana voters gave the Lafayette project thumbs up to a proposal that will allow the municipality of compete with traditional telecommunications and media conduits.YES. We can show the way... if others have the sense to follow.
Lafayette Utilities Director Terry Huval echoed the mayor but focused upon opponents to the project. "Today, we did what our predecessors did 109 years ago -- we took our future into our own hands, said Huval. “Also BellSouth and Cox wanted the people of Lafayette to speak, and now the people of Lafayette have spoken loud and clear. Now it´s time for BellSouth and Cox to accept what the people have said and stop throwing hurdles in our way."
Cities, municipalities, telecom companies and even media companies have been waiting for this vote since the outcome could significantly change the balance of power in those areas and the business models in this 21st century.