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An Argument for an Optical Fiber Network in Lafayette


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.


This section of the website, "An Argument," imitates the sort of discussion you might hear during a conversation with a determined partisan of a fiber optic network for Lafayette.In conversation it might start out with "Look, here's the thing:" and continue with the argument outlined above. Of course, in real conversation people respond. They might well say things like "Why do you think fiber is inevitable?" Or "What do you mean, a natural monopoly?" Each sentence in the argument above is linked to an expansion that tries to anticipate and deal with questions people might ask about the points raised in the sentence.

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