Friday, April 12, 2013

"Lafayette Gets Kudos on Foreign Investment List

Lafayette gets praise from a welcome source: A European list of good, mid-size cities in the US for foreign investment. That's a source of new business for which Lafayette's relatively cosmopolitan culture and tech infrastructure should prove synergistically attractive.

From the mayor-president:
“This recognition highlights what I have said for a long time—our LUS fiber optic initiative, along with our culture of innovation, has brought great attention to Lafayette,” says Joey Durel, Lafayette City-Parish President. “Combine those assets with our active ties in the international community and our strong economy, and Lafayette is a natural fit to be on an international ‘Cities of the Future’ list.”

Municipal broadband contenders: Lafayette, La.

-What's Being Said department-
FierceTelecomFierce Telecom is running a story on municipal broadband. Its positive coverage is not exhaustive or in-depth but it is a sign that the trade press is beginning to notice the significant impact that municipal providers have on their market and realize that the munis are not going to somehow shrivel up and go away as their incumbent informants had implied.

In the series introduction the author says;
Just a few years ago, municipal broadband looked like a long shot to many communities. State or local regulations, legal challenges by established broadband providers, and a shaky economy were among the hurdles that communities had to surmount to bring affordable, high-speed service to businesses and residents. 
But times appear to be changing....these homegrown efforts are giving incumbents like AT&T (NYSE: T), Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), and others a run for their money
Lafayette makes the cut as one of their five "top municipal contenders." From the page on Lafayette:
The investment so far is paying off. Incumbents including Cox Communications are competing on price, saving the city's 120,000  residents a considerable amount of money in subscription costs. And the LUS Fiber network's speed is drawing in new businesses that see connectivity as critical to their bottom line. 
"Their advertised speed is actually what you get. I don't know any other provider in the United States that can do that," Scott Eric Olivier, owner of Skyscaper Holdings, told USAToday in a 2012 article about the city's fiber build. He moved his startup from Los Angeles to Lafayette on the strength of those speeds and service. 
...LUS Fiber's network is also large enough to provide wholesale broadband services. Overall, it has served as an example to other municipalities of how to build on existing dark fiber assets to future-proof the connectivity needs of businesses and residents.
Also, of course, we get to control our own destiny and staunch the flow of money bleeding out of the community.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Susan Crawford's Sez: "Life is short; get in the way.'

Susan Crawford addresses the actual broadband need of the United States. She closes with what we need in an FCC chairperson.

If you've got the 9 minutes you really ought to watch the whole thing. Smart, clean, exactly on target and delivered fearlessly.

And even if you've watched it all you'll want a repeat of the closing crescendo.