There are strange and interesting things buried in that fragment.
City officials announced April 25 that they reached an agreement with BellSouth. The company reportedly agreed to drop its latest lawsuit if the city drops proposed legislation that would repeal the Local Government Fair Competition Act, adopted to prevent municipally-owned telecommunications companies from having an unfair advantage over private companies like BellSouth.
One proposed bill, which would amend the act to avoid frivolous lawsuits, will not be dismissed, Ottinger said.
City-Parish President Joey Durel said he hasn't yet asked local legislators to drop any of the proposed legislation.
"We'll live up to whatever the agreements were as long as everybody lives up to all aspects of the agreement," he said.
Another lawsuit, filed Friday by Elizabeth Naquin and Matthew Eastin, remains. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. May 22 before Judge Edward Rubin in Fifteenth Judicial District Court in Lafayette.
First, the lawsuit was filed by BellSouth and Cox; not BS alone. (well, BS and the LCTA, which amounts to the same thing.) By identifying the lawsuit solely as BellSouth's the story lets Cox off the local hook at a time when the corporation is doing everything in its power to present a new face to Lafayette. (Save for the little bit of old-style deception published by the Advertiser in its letters section by Sharon Kleinpeter, Cox PR person out of Baton Rouge.) Is that oversight due to sympathy for Cox, inattention to details, or did BS abandon the suit without Cox's agreement? If you take a look at what folks are saying that the deal consisted of it's hard to see what Cox got out of it.
Also strange is the continued reference to some sort of supposed "advantage" that little Lafayette was supposed to have over giants BellSouth/ATT or Cox by virtue of being publicly owned. Surely we've been through enough now that such a characterization of BellSouth's law is understood to be inaccurate?
Finally, Durel's enigmatic statement that Lafayette's bills have not yet been pulled but that "We'll live up to whatever the agreements were as long as everybody lives up to all aspects of the agreement" is suggestively non-specific. "Whatever the agreements were"? Hmmnnn. With BellSouth's having let the lawsuit die it would seem that their side of the announced bargain has been fulfilled. Are there shoes yet to drop?