Lafayette's community-owned fiber network is well on its way to becoming a background factor in the city's self-image. At one point most public mention of LUS Fiber was a—contentious—foreground issue. The story was about the fiber network. That's changed. And that's good.
These days stories tend to mention LUS Fiber as an assumed "good thing" and are focused on the immediate foreground issue. The next step is for our massive connectivity to be simply assumed without mention—after all nobody talks about the water utility when discussing gardening. We've not quite reached that point. For now at least we are still aware that we've got something special.
A couple of recent experiences reflect that new state: In a bragging speech, our "state of the city-parish address," LUS Fiber rates a nice mention—but only a mention. On a website touting a new "traditional urban village" development one of the advantages of the new subdivision is Lafayette's fiber to the home network. In a blog post focusing on education and technology at a Catholic high school making use of the 100 meg intranet is merely one of several bullet points on the to-do list.
It is a sign of maturity I suppose. LUS Fiber is now part of the community.
That's what was supposed to happen.