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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    KG, 6 Jan 2006 @ 4:44pm

    Re: Scared

    I'm not so sure it's ridiculously paranoid.

    Think about it a bit... Almost immediately someone will say "These internet connections are being used to look at pornography, the local government shouldn't be using tax dollars to support pornography" ... then the same thing will happen regarding file sharing, then controversial blogs... Soon policies will be in place to filter and blacklist items... And it will go downhill from there.

    This doesn't happen much with the commercial options because those companies are focusing on making a profit, and are completely uninterested with any moral issues, any blocking or filtering the commercial ISP's do is based around reducing bandwidth-hogging in an effort to further save money, which doesn't bother me too much.

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