Voters Not Fooled In Louisiana Over Muni Broadband
from the and-so-it-goes dept
While there have been plenty of fights between telcos and local governments trying to offer muni-broadband, none received quite as much attention as the battle in Lafayette, Louisiana, over muni-broadband, where it seemed like the more attention the battle received, the nastier the telcos became. This included threatening to move call centers out of state and conducting push polls (which are designed to influence opinion while pretending to be asking for opinions). However, it appears that those efforts have backfired, as all that media attention allowed the folks in Lafayette to understand the real issues and vote in favor of a muni fiber network. If BellSouth and others had spent half as much effort in actually providing better broadband to the folks of Lafayette, this issue might never have come up at all. There are still plenty of questions over implementation, and having a muni-broadband offering certainly doesn’t always make sense. However, given the constant misleading FUD put out by BellSouth concerning this plan, hopefully the folks in Lafayette know what they’re doing.