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 @ 2:21pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    As a side note i encourage all people who read this and who are outraged that a company can curcumvent a legitimate voting process, call, write, and pester bellsouth to no end until they understand we live in a democratic country..... Not a United States of Telco with Sadam BellSouth as the dictator.
    Please discontinue your business with bellsouth until they abide by fair business practices.
    I know I will be doing such

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