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Who will control Lafayette's Infrastructure?

An Argument for an optical fiber network in Lafayette.

Lafayette will one day have a fiber optic network to the home. That is good; we will surely want one. However, any local fiber optic network will be a natural monopoly. Since there will be only one, the only real question is which of the possible alternatives Lafayette will choose. Will we have a private fiber optic network owned by either BellSouth or Cox in some indefinite future, or will we soon have a public one built by LUS? Deciding which provider we'd prefer means deciding who we want controlling our future infrastructure.

The public’s interest in this boils down to deciding who to trust to be responsive to local needs and concerns: LUS, Cox, or BellSouth.

The citizens of Lafayette can decide to back LUS and take a very bold step toward taking control of their own and their children’s future. Or they can back cautiously away, perhaps because they have been begun to doubt LUS on the basis of arguments floated, almost exclusively, by those who have something to gain if the LUS plan fails. This isn't a complicated point, I'm afraid. Either the citizens of Lafayette control this new monopoly or Cox or BellSouth does.