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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2017

The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-movement-for-free-college-tuition-is-growing/

In 2015, President Obama proposed making community college free nationwide. He pointed to a pilot free tuition program just being launched by Tennessee for recent high school graduates and might not have been aware of a free tuition program operating in Louisiana for almost two decades. The election of Donald Trump killed the prospect of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2017

Lafayette, Louisiana’s Fiber Network Expanding to Neighboring Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lafayette-louisianas-fiber-network-expanding-to-neighboring-communities/

For more than two years, the prospect of expanding to two nearby communities has been on the LUS Fiber to-do list in Lafayette. Now that the municipal fiber optic network has achieved at least a 40 percent take rate, the time is right to reach Youngsville and Broussard. In 2016, the utility generated $36 million… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/grassroots-broadband-groups-grow-across-the-u-s/

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2015

Boston Globe Profiles Lafayette; OpenCape Inspired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boston-globe-profiles-lafayette-opencape-inspired/

 In a recent Boston Globe Opinion, Dante Ramos notes that Boston has a reputation as a technology hub. When seeking options and affordability, however, Ramos recounts the successful approach of Lafayette, Louisiana: Today, the top broadband speeds advertised to residential customers in Boston are about one-ninth of what’s available in Lafayette. A municipal network in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 31, 2015

Opportunities and Challenges as Lafayette Considers Muni Fiber Expansion – Community Broadband Bits Episode 144

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opportunities-and-challenges-as-lafayette-considers-muni-fiber-expansion-community-broadband-bits-episode-144/

After we heard that Lafayette’s LUS Fiber was considering expanding to some nearby communities, we knew we had to set up an interview with Terry Huval, Director of the Lafayette Utilities System in Louisiana. In our interview this week, Terry and I discuss Lafayette’s success, the legacy of the law creating special barriers that only… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Lafayette Congratulates Wilson; Offers Support After FCC Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lafayette-congratulates-wilson-offers-support-after-fcc-ruling/

When the FCC announced its intention last week to neutralize the negative impacts of Tennessee and North Carolina anti-muni laws, celebrating reached far beyond Chattanooga and Wilson. In Lafayette, home to LUS Fiber, City-Parish President Joey Durel took time to write a supportive letter to Wilson’s Mayor Bruce Rose. We reproduce the text of that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Attacks on LUS Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/correcting-community-fiber-fallacies-attacks-on-lus-fiber/

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2014

Wheeler Praises Lafayette’s Network Deployment at NATOA Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wheeler-praises-lafayettes-network-deployment-at-natoa-conference/

At the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler praised Lafayette, Louisiana, home of muni LUS Fiber, during his keynote address.  Wheeler addressed a variety of issues, including wireless broadband, the drive to increase competition, and a thoughtful transition to IP based 911 service. While… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2014

Louisiana Municipal Association Passes Resolution in Favor of Restoring Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/louisiana-municipal-association-passes-resolution-in-favor-of-restoring-local-authority/

The Louisiana Municipal Association is the latest organization to officially support the FCC’s ability to restore local authority. The group represents 305 village, town, city, and parish members. Their Executive Board unanimously passed the resolution on July 30 and recently shared it with the FCC: WHEREAS, the universal availability of affordable high speed Internet access… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 22, 2014

Three New Companies Move to the Silicon Bayou

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/three-new-companies-move-to-the-silicon-bayou/

In the past few months, Lafayette has drawn in three high tech companies that will create approximately 1,300 well-paying positions. In addition to the community’s commitment to boost its high-tech workforce, better connectivity offered by LUS Fiber helped attract the new businesses. According to a Daily World article, the most recent addition is Perficient, Inc…. Continue reading