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Lafayette has three possible fiber futures; but we can only choose one.


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


Possible Alternatives for Lafayette

There are only three real alternatives for Lafayette. For the foreseeable future only BellSouth, Cox, and LUS have the resources, the expertise, and the motivation to build Lafayette’s fiber network. Our fiber network will be built by one of these groups.

But it is revealing that Lafayette may face three alternatives but it only has one choice. Lafayette can choose LUS or it can choose to do nothing. If Lafayette does not act then it is BellSouth and Cox who will choose a time that it is good for them to build Lafayette’s fiber optic network out to the home.

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