Friday, March 03, 2006

BellSouth's stealth abandonment of New Orleans continues

It's becoming a bit clearer as to why BellSouth is taking so long to restore phone service in New Orleans. They're shipping jobs and workers out of state!

The Times Picayune had the latest installment of BellSouth's quiet abandonment of New Orleans in Thursday's paper.

Yes, it's only 26 jobs this time, but that brings the total number of BellSouth jobs to leave New Orleans since Katrina to 250 which, the paper notes, is about 25 percent of the total number of jobs the company had in pre-Katrina New Orleans.

26 jobs here, 30 jobs there, and (to paraphrase Everett Dirksen) the next thing you know, you're talking about a real economic impact.

Interestingly, after Bill Oliver's bluster during the run-up to the fiber election, Lafayette is not listed among the cities that BellSouth has withdrawn jobs. Was the stuff Bill saying during the campaign really all just hot air?

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