Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Media Roundup: LUS Fiber Announcement (Update)

All the usual local media suspects weighed in with coverage of LUS' Fiber announcements at last night's city-parish council meeting. If you comb through the media landscape you'll find bits from KLFY, KATC, The Advertiser and the Advocate.

If you've just got time for one: read the Advocate. It's more comprehensive and is the only one to mention the announcements of features that will truly set Lafayette apart even in the rarefied ranks of fully-fibered cities. On the free internet-over-the-TV feature for digital subscribers:
LUS Director Terry Huval said the basic residential service will also allow customers without computers to have basic Internet browsing capability through the television.

“We think it may well be the first in the world,” Huval said of the television-based Web browsing capability. “It’s for the child at home trying to do a book report and cannot access the Internet today.”
On the 100 Mbps of intranet, customer to customer, connectivity:
All customers on the LUS fiber system will be able to exchange information with other fiber customers at 100 Mbps, Huval said.
The Baton Rouge Advocate also covers pricing, tiers, the launch date, and the likely first neighborhoods to get fiber.

The Lafayette Adverstiser, and local TV station KATC and KLFY restrict their coverage to pricing and rollout details, though KATC does mention the fact that LUS bragged on being the only "
100 percent fiber optic network and the only customer-owned telecommunications network" in Lafayette. There's also a bit of video at KATC.

In a story that headlines the front page the Advertiser fleshes out the details on the residential bundles; lays out the plan for business bundles, and makes clear the places where the first customers will be served.

They're all worth a gander and report slightly different parts of last night's ephocal announcement. Take a look.

It's certainly a nice Christmas present for Lafayette.

UPDATE 3:35: Terry Huval, in the best tradition of local responsivness, went down to the Advertiser site and answered questions from all comers. (Starts here.) Great stuff! It takes several pages and a lot of ground is covered. This is one of the few times that reading the comments is worthwhile—and Terry does it using his real name, a rarity in the not-so-courageous atmosphere of the Advertiser site. It's all pretty respectful, thankfully. I suspect that this is because the denizens there are stunned by dealing with someone who 1) puts their reputation on the line by using his real name, and 2) really knows what he's talking about. That's the natural basis for respect.

(Try getting a response, any response, from Randall Stephenson or Patrick Esser. They're the heads of AT&T and Cox respectively. Never heard of 'em? And they've never heard of you or your neighborhood, nor have any idea that there is an Advertiser or an Advertiser forum. That's my point. You're better off with Terry. And he plays a mean fiddle, too.)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

John you should follow terry's lead and participate in the conversation on theadvertiser when fiber articles are posted. I know you do your blog here. But i'm sure most of those people aren't looking at your site. You could plug it though in your comments on theadvertiser. Thanks.

John said...

I'm not sure the Advertiser comments crowd is my target demographic. ;-)

I hate to make yet another commitment. Still, you make a reasonable point. hmmnn....