In 2005 the voters of the city-parish, Lafayette, Louisiana, approved a fiber optic initiative from the Lafayette Utilities System(LUS) that provides high speed Internet, digital cable and telephone services, among the basic.
The project did not only improved the services of the city also created jobs, that is why July was declared as LUS Fiber month to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this decision by City-Parish President Joey Durel.
Durel explained that “just months after he took office in 2004, LUS Director Terry Huval approached him with the idea of expanding the city's fiber optic ring to businesses and residences, and offering high-speed Internet, telephone and video service.”
The chief administrative officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government. Dee Stanley, expressed: “It's about next-generation, next-century infrastructure that is attracting next-generation companies like CGI, Perficient and Enquero, creating 1,100 direct jobs and an estimated $55 million annual payroll”.
Residential customer with Internet service from LUS will have access to up to 1 gig for free through July as part of LUS Fiber Month, according to Huval.