It really sucks but I think I have to stop myself from caring and being curious about the LUS Fiber project out here in Lafayette. Â Seems anytime I ask a question or make a comment about anything related to it certain people feel I am doing so in a negative way towards LUS. Â I think many believe I am some how trying to defend my employer which hasn’t really been my intent.
It sucks because its only one or two people that do this but man they are vocal. Â They are drunk on the LUS fiber koolaid and if you say anything that they may take to be a slight against LUS they will rant about it.
I have said it before I am NOT against fiber. Â LUS maybe, not fond of government getting into private enterprise. Â I am also NOT a cheerleader for my employer. Â Is fiber technically better than a cable provider? Â Yes technically it is, I would be lying to deny that. Â Is fiber to homes needed? Â Thats very questionable and up for debate. Â It’s one of those debates though that no one can truly answer. Â No one knows what technological advances will be made tomorrow or 10 years from now, so we dont know for certain.
These people can’t let me be a citizen of Lafayette who is interested in the technology or the business. Â Nope I am simply an employee of a competitor and thats it. Â They can’t look past that.
I look back now and I dont even know why I cared enough to ask questions or comment on things. Â Like anything I said mattered or would make a difference to anyone. Â And yet I did and I let a couple of people get to me. Â They make things personal and I go and get concerned about what they have to say as if they got on the 6′oclock news and said bad things about me. Â Stupid me.
The fact is very few people listen to or care about them and what they have to say either. Â They think they are talking for a city when in fact they are talking for such a small percentage of people who actually care and keep up with this stuff.
No the LUS fiber system is not perfect, yes I can point out the flaws in either the network design or their marketing. Â Yes they are feeding a lot of bull to people and over exaggerate things. Â No cable providers are not perfect, have many more network flaws and marketing snafus and over exaggerate way more in my opinion.
So there they all have issues, they all think they are right and the other is wrong. Â NONE of them can provide what they advertise all the time, yes they ALL oversubscribe their service its the nature of the business.
Yes I am still worried about how the failure of the project will impact us citizens. Â Yes I think that these people are wrong about the way the harshly criticize incumbents about practices and principles which LUS is going to and is doing themselves. Â Just because its fiber and the bandwidth is bigger does not exclude LUS from the same criticism if the principles or practices are the same. Â Example of what I mean is oversubscription. Â Don’t tell me its wrong of a competitor to oversubscribe, but immediately after defend another because they have a bigger pipe?
Its also funny how they criticize the competitors for not offering these higher speeds they claim they need and yet can’t identify one real application that is going to truly take advantage of it. Â AND even better is they proceed to tell me that I know no one will ever really use up all that bandwidth they are offering. Â If no one is “NEVER, EVER” going to be able to use it all then why have it even?
It’s really funny when you think about what most of these people are ultimately going to use their bandwidth for. Â Youtube. Â Yep, they need it to watch funny videos of laughing babies or crazy cats. Â Maybe some porn, and surely some pirated movies and music.
Another pointless point to make is how I think its so funny that these PRO fiber folk rant about how the citizens passed this whole thing with an “overwhelming” majority. Â Seriously? Â 74,000 registered voters and 12,500 votes for it is some how an overwhelming majority?
Like I said its pointless to make that comment now but if I am being honest it is something that has always bothered me.
And another issue I have is how when its convenient for LUS to say it we are the “owners” of the system. Â But ask any question you would think an “owner” should be able to ask and nada. Â It sounds good to say I will give them that but don’t actually try to take them up on it.
I guess if anyone reads this rant they are going to say I am surely being biased and siding with my employer. Â No way that someone who doesn’t work for a competitor would say all of this stuff. Â No amount of me saying that is really not it is going to change how others view this.
So… there I have laid most of my issues out there. Â No one cares. Â And after this I don’t care either. Â I WILL NOT make one more comment or question regarding any of this again. Â I am done. Â I can’t keep getting frustrated with the fact that others are simply full of spite and hate and need someone or someplace to take it out on. Â I can’t care how people feel about me or my employer because well if I did I would constantly be consumed with worrying about it.
To each his own they say right? You can’t please everyone? Â There is always going to be someone with nothing else better to do then to berate others to make themselves feel good. Â And there is always going to be those who complain just to complain. Â Working in IT for almost 15 years now I know its rare to ever hear about the good things you do, you only hear from people when they have an issue or complaint.
The End… time to free myself and my mind and my worries from all of this.