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Louisiana city offers 50Mbps fiber for $58

updated 12:05 pm EST, Wed December 24, 2008

Lafayette 50Mbps Fiber

Lafayette, Louisiana yesterday revealed that it will soon become one of the first significant US cities to deploy a municipality-run fiber optic Internet connection. Lafayette Utilities System plans to launch the service with a combination of Internet, phone and TV services and will offer them either as part of bundles or as individual options. Internet service tops out as high as 50Mbps both downstream and upstream and will offer more bandwidth still for connections between users on the same network, doubling to 100Mbps.

Early service is expected to start next month and will see a basic 10Mbps symmetric Internet connection cost $29 per month; 30Mbps will cost $45 per month, while the top-end 50Mbps plan will cost $58 per month. Bundles, known as VIP deals, range from a starter $85 deal that includes 80 TV channels, 10Mbps data and phone service to a $200 Gold package that carries 250 regular stations, HD and premium stations, 50Mbps Internet access and unlimited long distance phone calling.

The rollout takes place over four major stages and should be completed by 2011, the utility firm says.

Lafayette's fiber comes despite significant opposition to the deal and others like it in the US from cable and DSL providers Cox and AT&T, both of whom have publicly objected and are believed to have quietly funded private lawsuits attempting to thwart the plan for city-wide fiber.

Much of the resistance is believed to come from fears of competition, as the Lafayette Utility System is estimated to cost about 20 percent less per month than the strictly private alternatives but is also as fast as otherwise very expensive services such as Comcast's DOCSIS 3 and Verizon's FIOS, both of which cost at least $140 per month for 50Mbps Internet service alone. [via BBR]




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  1. davlab

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    I can't wait

    I have been watching this move for several years and voted for the Fiber To The Home bond issue. The City of Lafayette spent two years fighting Cox and AT&T in court after the vote, which passed by 68% . I've watched the fiber being installed in my neighborhood over the past several weeks and am smacking my lips waiting to dump Cox and AT&T. I will soon be able to connect to my office from home at 100 Mbps. Can't wait to see what tech businesses this will bring to Lafayette. For those that are green with envy, check it out at: http://lusfiber.com/

  1. hansmickle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Suits

    Much as I prefer the govmint to stay out of private enterprise, in this case I do not have a lot of sympathy for the carriers involved. Good luck.

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