Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Lafayette Dealing with Expected Headaches"

What's Being Said Dept.

Christopher Mitchell over at muninetworks.org has picked up the recent Advertiser story on LUS's Fiber division and various responses to it. His take is as succinct as the title: "Lafayette Dealing with Expected Headaches."

That title is pretty much the story; the author walks carefully through the questions, starting with the fact that these "issues" were long-anticipated and were part of the community's discussion from the very beginning. He notes that the title is not justified by the story and that which path to take at the crossroads was decided when the citizens voted to create the new utility. The story also notices that LUS Fiber came of age during the worst recession that the US has seen (and, I'd add, that this timing was largely due to delaying lawsuits initiated by the incumbents).

Most important, however, are his final words addressed directly to us in Lafayette:
But it should also make sure that someone is telling the LUS story. Where are the charts showing community savings as a result of more competition? Who is shouting out the success stories? Who is calculating how much more money stays in Cajun Country because it goes to Lafayette Utilities rather than Cox Communications?
This isn't just LUS's responsibility -- after all, it is a community network.

That, of course, is perfectly true...So, what are we going to do about it?

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