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Away From Home

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Companies oppose fast, cheap broadband

Courtesy of Professor Lessig:

There's a fascinating and important battle going on in Lafayette, LA. Citizens are pushing a referendum to permit the Lafayette Utility System to sell bonds to fund a project to "expand its existing fiber-optic network in Lafayette to everyone in the city." The move is being fought by the telcos -- who would rather bring much more expensive DSL and cable to everyone in the city. John St. Julien and Mike Stagg have been blogging the fight. There's a great website explaining it. And today they've announced the winners in the "Fiber Film Festival," a film contest run to explain the benefits of fiber.

The theorists, of course, who live life in theory-land, object. In theory-land, all this stuff should be provided by the market. In theory-land, the government should stay away. And I'm quite sure, in theory-land, there's lots of cheap, fast broadband available to everyone. Yet most of us don't live in theory-land. And some of those unlucky real world people living in Lafayette have a good shot at getting something that the rest of us real world sorts only dream about -- cheap, fast broadband access.

Good luck with the referendum, Lafayette. Your example might well bring the rest of us down from the clouds of theory-land.

I agree with the Professor.


  • As much as I believe in smaller government; if it makes the internet faster, make it so!

    Anyone who gets in the way? Kill/serious maiming/torture with Christina Aguilera music!

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 6/29/2005 11:14:00 AM  

  • I'm with the Prof, too. Go, Lafayette, Go!

    Way too many theorists forget that the govt is part of the market and cannot be otherwise; in some cases, it creates a market that would otherwise not even exist. They don't seem to have any problems selling stuff to the govt, but when the govt wants to sell stuff to the people, they scream bloody murder...

    By Blogger Jay Denari, at 6/29/2005 06:54:00 PM  

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