Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Attacks on LUS Fiber

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 Steven … Read More

Wheeler Praises Lafayette’s Network Deployment at NATOA Conference

Date: 10 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 he … Read More

Louisiana Municipal Association Passes Resolution in Favor of Restoring Local Authority

Date: 3 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 for … Read More

Three New Companies Move to the Silicon Bayou

Date: 22 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. The … Read More

Chattanooga Profiled in Al Jazeera America

Date: 25 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“There are companies that do what we do, but we can do it in hours, and they can take weeks,” said Posey. “Anywhere else, it would take a lot more time and a lot more money … Chattanooga is essential to our business model.” Al Jazeera America’s Peter Moskowitz recently spoke with Clay Posey, one of … Read More

Gigabit in Lafayette From Community Fiber Now $70/Month

Date: 4 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

LUS Fiber recently announced it now offers residential symmetrical gigabit services for $69.95 per month when purchased as part of its triple-play. In addition to the new speed tier, LUS Fiber will double speeds for current customers for a modest increase of $5 per month. Claire Taylor of the Advertiser reports that every customer will see … Read More

Louisiana and Michigan Towns Pass Resolutions to Support Municipal Network Authority

Date: 27 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two more communities have gone on the record as supporting local authority for telecommunications infrastructure investment. Communities in Vidalia and Sebewaing passed resolutions supporting the FCC’s efforts to use its authority to discourage, prevent, and remove state barriers. Vidalia, on the west side of the Mississippi in Louisiana, recently began offering free Wi-Fi in its new sports … Read More

Vidalia’s Broadband Initiative Moves Forward as Free Wi-Fi Comes to Town

Date: 14 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Vidalia’s plans to offer free Wi-Fi are becoming reality. The Natchez Democrat recently reported that the City launched its free Wi-Fi in its new municipal complex. Vidalia received a $30,000 grant from the Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF) Foundation to invest in a wireless network to cover the complex. Apparently, visitors to the complex were often surprised to … Read More

Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

Date: 7 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of local municipalities are finding ways to offer fee Wi-Fi. Vidalia is the latest according to a recent Miami Herald article. Community leaders hope to launch the new service by the spring of 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, originally planned to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant … Read More

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