Louisiana State With Explicit Roadblocks – Class Action Suite against Telecos –

  • Louisiana State With Explicit Roadblocks – Class Action Suite against Telecos –

    Posted by Michael on August 11, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Louisiana

    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 45:844.50. Referendum

    Louisiana state laws require municipalities to hold a referendum before providing broadband services to residents. If the referendum fails to garner enough public support, municipalities may proceed with building out a broadband network, but only if they agree to forgo franchise fees paid by private telecom companies for 10 years. The law also requires municipalities to bake phantom costs into their service rates.

    To date, Lafayette is the only city in Louisiana that’s been able to successfully launched a FTTH broadband network. The network, which offers triple-play services, has been generating profit since 2012, and begun expanding beyond the city limits in 2015.

    Michael replied 1 year, 1 month ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Michael

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    August 11, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Municipalities may proceed with building out a broadband network, but only if they agree to forgo franchise fees paid by private telecom companies for 10 years. The law also requires municipalities to bake phantom costs into their service rates. This is legislation that has red lined broadband from underprivileged areas. This is potentially a very large class action suite.