Friday, April 28, 2006

100 megs

I went by the LUS booth at TechSouth yesterday and had my attention gently directed to a video display that showed LUS fiber providing 100 megs of service in contrast the speeds of various competing technologies. That brought a real smile to my face.

It was also fun to look at the new map of all the fiber buildouts that go beyond the initial wholesale ring. Little black legs reaching into all areas of the city. Lots of the newer legs are for the local school system. I'm told that LUS is gearing up to start stringing fiber for the parish schools now. Apparently Entergy is being difficult about pole attachments but that seems to be being worked out. Slemco is aboard (It's probably no surprise: a locally-owned coop is being cooperative.)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are inferring, again, that LUS will provide us 100 meg speeds to the internet. You implied, many posts ago, that we will not actually see 100 meg delivered. I'm sure Cox could set up a fancy display as well. The idealist is smiling, but the pragmatist knows it can't be afforded.

John said...

anono,

I presuming that you're same anono that was talking "many posts ago." If you want to actually converse you'll leave a name. If you want to snip at people who stand by their words when you won't stand by yours you'll continue anonymously.

As to the content, you're still not reading carefully--or being deliberately obtuse. I said that we'd get 100 megs of subscriber to subscriber connection. The incremental cost of providing that is actually varnishingly small considering the size of LUS' pipe. I am confident that we will get that. I also said in that same string that providing that bandwidth in a connection to locations outside of Lafayette's network would involve real cost and that I expected that LUS would price such "tiers" accordingly. Finally I said that were I LUS I'd offer a pricey 100 meg tier just for the bragging rights.

I stand by it all. (And you can go back and check _my_ words.)

Cox can set up fancy displays, just like it can rebrand its Hybrid Fiber Coax a "fiber network" and hand out little flashlights with plastic fibers glued on the end. Neither will get Cox the capacity of FTTH. Without reworking their network to a degree that NO cableco that I have ever heard of will it be able to offer 100 megs. If you've seen one please pass on the link.

The 100 megs between me, AOC, KATC and any retailer smart enough to locate a nice big cache on the local network in some locally run server farm will be real and no more expensive to the user than the cheapest tier of service. Out-of-network there will be some that will buy 100 megs if LUS offers it and LUS will price it according to its cost.

It's all eminently doable.

Anonymous said...

You write: "The 100 megs between me, AOC, KATC and any retailer smart enough to locate a nice big cache on the local network in some locally run server farm will be real and no more expensive to the user than the cheapest tier of service."

How much money would you like to bet on that statement? And I'll give them 2 years to make it so.

John said...

The 100 megs internal is what LUS is now publicly saying it will offer. That's the deal.

The trouble with making a bet is that you can't make a bet with someone who doesn't use their real name.

I'd think a first move would be yours: start using your name, your real name, and take personal responsibility for your words. (Some of the anti-folks do so, and I admire them for it.) Without that bluster about betting is pretty empty.