Monday, August 08, 2005

Lafayette City Limits?

To grow, companies need to break out of a vicious cycle of competitive benchmarking and imitation."
—W. Chan Kim & Rena Mauborgne,
“Think for Yourself —Stop Copying a Rival,” Financial Times/08.11.03
Substitute "communities" for "companies" in this quote I found in a slide presentation I found on Tom Peters' website, and you've got the recipe for Lafayette successfully capitalizing on the opportunities ahead of it thanks to the LUS fiber initiative.

This article from the Los Angeles Times points to an area of music downloads that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) doesn't care about: live recordings of concerts!

Well, Lafayette has a plethora of live music venues and, in a few months, they'll all be hooked up to a fiber network. Wonder what that might lead to? Wonder if some consortium or partnership of clubs and bands might emerge that would enable an archive of 'live' music recorded in Lafayette venues to be created for download. No reason it has to always be free, but it's easy to see where there would be occasions where it would make sense to be so (like in advance to the return of a previously recorded band to a Lafayette venue).

Austin City Limits has been a staple on public television for just about 30 years. They started out by recording bands that played venues Austin during their swing through town.

Lafayette could build a 'live' music jukebox that would be available world wide, any time. Eventually, acts might want to come to Lafayette for the express purpose of getting their music on our jukebox. Being the largest city in North America with a citywide, fiber optic, internet protocol network, create huge opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Like the LUS information ads during the recent campaign said: "Use Your Imagination!"

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