Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lafayette Airport/LUS to boost WiFi to 1 gig

Kinda neat. From ABiz:

Lafayette Regional Airport and LUS Fiber have agreed to a mutual back-scratching deal that will give LUS Fiber greater marketing presence in the terminal at the airport while saving the airport money and allowing it to offer travelers one gigabyte of WiFi access.... LUS Fiber officials told commissioners that the boost in bandwidth makes Lafayette Regional the only airport in the United States to offer travelers one gig of WiFi.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

LUS Fiber could lose public school client

This morning's Advertiser carries a story with the self-explanitory title "LUS Fiber could lose public school client."  However, very little is actually explained. LUS did not submit a bid; claims they were not notified until very late and, even odder, the staff goes ahead and submits a pseudo-bid for the community telecom utility. A losing one. 

There is more going on here than meets the eye. I'd dearly like to know what. 

Regardless of oddness on the part of the local schools system staff this event clearly demonstrates problems at LUS Fiber. There is no way that the utility should have been unaware of a request for services, especially just a few months away from the end of such a major contract. That they were argues that no regular formal or informal lines of communication have been established between the community's telecomm utility and the community's school system. There should be. This event also argues quietly that the staff are not satisfied with the service they've been getting. That should not have been allowed to occur either. 

The parish-wide contract with the Lafayette Parish School System was the first concrete evidence of the value of the network to the community as a whole; it occurred before the residential system had been constructed and necessitated running fiber beyond the city and into all corners of the parish. LUS provided vastly better service the previous supplier—enough bandwidth to each and every school that they could actually allow widespread simultaneous use—
at a very competitive price. That has apparently changed as well; that is not good; LUS Fiber should always give this community resource an unmatchable deal and all the technical support the schools can possibly need or desire. It's part of what being a community-owned network should be about.