In a conversation focused on the poor service and high prices of American broadband due to the policies of monopoly providers Lafayette gets prominent—and favorable—mention.
David Cay Johnston, speaking on Lafayette's LUS Fiber on NPR's Fresh Air:
"They created a municipal electric system. Well, they also built a municipal Internet, and it is so high-powered and so fast that a lot of the work done for the Pixar animated movies is done not in Hollywood, but in Lafayette, La. Well, the response from AT&T, Verizon, Cox, Time Warner and the other cable and telephone companies has been to go to legislatures and say, 'We want a law passed that either blocks or makes [it] virtually impossible to build municipal systems. That's competing with our business interests.' And that's part of the whole strategy they have: 'We want to be monopolies without competition, we want to run the system in our interests, to maximize our profits,' with no regard for the overall economy of the United States."The Lafayette material starts at about minute 6:00; the whole discussion is well worth the listen. Some of the policies discussed are beyond outrageous.
(Hat tip to spotter Travis Gauthier!)
Laignaippe: I talked to Johnston in late 09 about these issues and his book. At the time he was presenting the theme as the costs to the middle class of public policies that favor corporations. Sounds like the book has finally made it into print as "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind."