Not to be shown up by Google fiber and other 1 Gbps offerings from the likes of Sonic.net, Lafayette's municipal broadband service is pushing toward the 1 Gbps mark. In a statement posted to the LUS Fiber website, the outfit notes that they've started offering 1 Gigabit per second connections to businesses in portions of the city. “We have raised the bar in order to make our community a place where technology companies want to locate,” says Joey Durel, City-Parish President of Lafayette, Louisiana. You probably recall that LUS struggled to get off the ground after constant attacks by local incumbents AT&T (then BellSouth) and Cox Communications. Residential pricing for LUS services with speeds up to 100 Mbps is here.
Another city getting fiber is great if you ask me. I'll be calling them this morning to see if it is available at my business location in Lafayette. I doubt it is, but hopefully I should be able to get answers on when it is expected.
Greedy much? I don't think any of the providers want to let gigabit bandwidth out there for cheap, as that guy down the street will put a server on it and chew through 50TB of bandwidth.
It's interesting though, that over the past couple of years, the speed of servers has gone way up. There's still a lot of slow ones out there, but the major CDNs and even recently YouTube can now saturate an 80mbit connection. Just a few years ago, I remember most wouldn't get anywhere near that.
I guess what you call their tier 2 support guy I spoke with on the phone said they will be offering 150x150 service to residences.
I had called about adding some HD channels to their lineup and ended up speaking to the tier 2 support guy about the internet. He mentioned a couple more tiers of service ... 1 gbit to businesses and 150 to residences ... thats all I know. I have the 75x75 service..and 99 dollars is about my reasonable limit for internet. With that I generally get about 90mbit up and down with torrents and sometimes over 100mbit on speedtests.
Id take the 100 service if it wasn't double the price of 75 and definitely would take 150 if the tiers were priced equally for service.
The TV pq is great ... although the channel lineup is sub-par. I'm willing to give up some tv though to support such a great community benefit. Seems Cox (the incumbent cableco) would fare better if they would up the channel offerings, because their internet blows in an apples to apples comparison with LUS. Comically, I haven't spoken with one single person with ATT uverse anything.
side note to the fella in ohio:
you wouldn't even know there is a recession down here. Why? The tremendous wealth generated by oil and gas is obvious and youd notice it the very minute you drove into Lafayette city limits. Hell, you even notice it on Interstate 10.
If anyone is in the position to move south for better opportunities I highly recommend Lafayette, Houston, Baton Rouge, or even the burbs of New Orleans.
Thanks for the heads up on 150x150...they must be happy with the response to 100x100. I do think that they'd get a lot more takers if the upper tiers weren't such a price jump relative to the other tiers.
Random thoughts: I'm not missing any channels I care about...if you are: ask for them. This is small town operation and if they get 3 calls I bet they'll think there is massive demand. ATT is a non presence here. No Uverse and I no longer expect it to show up. Why spend a buncha money to still be the third fastest wired network in town? Cox has already beefed up its system to a very robust DOCSIS 3 and with LUS taking all the pressure off their HFC network I'm betting the service is getting pretty good. No room for AT&T. If you're liking Lafayette, that's understandable. The recession is over here. Unemployment is down below 5% which is pretty much the lower stable state. Time to focus on our amenities: Just wait until Festival International rolls around. Amazing world-class music for free all over downtown. I really go for the juried arts and crafts; pretty amazing, but then that's my personal enthusiasmâI take vacations to the national shows.
shame uh.... same here in NYC. lots of places in NYC, verizon had there shitty dsl asking for 50 a month. but thank god ,atleast i have TWC 30/5 for 50... i hope someone bring 1 gb internet here soon. hate Verizon.
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