Friday, September 05, 2008

Terry Huval Video on LUSFiber @ App-Rising

Geoff Daily of App-Rising has posted a video interview with Terry Huval that focuses on Lafayette's community-owned fiber-optic network. I've embedded the Viddler video below but you really should travel to Geoff's blog and get his comments.

It's a great interview that lays out the basics of the project, explores the history of Lafayette and the network, and ends with some thoughts about what can be done with it...



Some highlights to further entice:
  • LUS will build a true Fiber To The Home network; those of us in Lafayette are too close to it but that's the most impressive "feature" to those outside our community and Louisiana.
  • Cheapest internet tier 10 megs up and down
  • 100 meg intranet—which Terry notes is an idea that came out of the community—brings everyone up to the same high level
  • largest, fastest network in the country...building extra capacity on the front end, preparing for gigabit speeds
  • The history of Lafayette, its 1896 vote to build an electric utility, the wildcatter heritage called on to explain why the city was willing to step out
  • the evolution of the network from supporting LUS, to providing governmental services, to wholesale sales, to finally a fiber to the home and business network
  • the hope is that Lafayette can become a testbed for big bandwidth application developers
  • particularly near and dear to me—Terry closed out by talking about the "cultural ensemble" and the potential for local culture and the arts.


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