For The Amount Spent Fighting City, Couldn't BellSouth Just Offer Broadband

from the just-saying... dept

There they go again. The folks at BellSouth have put so much effort into stopping Lafayette, Louisiana from offering muni-broadband, you have to wonder how much more they could be offering now if they'd just focused on offering a better product. Despite plenty of really nasty campaigning (threatening to pull jobs out of the state and using push polls among other tactics), Lafayette voters still voted to move forward with the muni-fiber network recognizing that it could help boost the economy, bringing in new businesses while offering a real alternative to a slow-to-innovate BellSouth. Even after this, BellSouth has been trying to stop the project from moving forward and has won a legal battle preventing Lafayette from issuing bonds to pay for the network. The rejection seems to mostly be based on a technicality concerning how Lafayette would repay the bonds (using revenue from other muni-utilities). Still, it's amusing to see BellSouth complain about government subsidies, when they tend to ignore the government subsidies that help BellSouth. Either way, the really sad part is all the money being wasted (on both sides) to fight this that could be used to actually offer people real broadband connections.

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    A Funny Guy, 6 Jan 2006 @ 2:10pm

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    I think it is utterly insane and completely typical of this screwed up idea of a government that a company like bellsouth can tell a local government when they can and cannot issue bonds to pay for something that the people who live in that area voted to allow to happen.
    This is just a further showing that our votes really don't count for shit when Da Man wants it his way.
    WAKE UP PEOPLE and let Da Man know he can't rule your life. I encourage the local government involved to go right ahead and issue those bonds and show our justice system that we the people make our rules.... Not justice departments who can be bought by the deep pockets of big business.

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