May 29, 2013 2:22 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Lafayette is the Nation's First City to Provide Gigabit Intranet Service

KANSAS CITY, MO - Today, LUS Fiber announced it has upgraded its Peer-to-Peer Intranet to 1 Gigabit per second. LUS Fiber is the telecommunications division of Lafayette Utilities System operating the only community-owned fiber-to-the-premise network in the state of Louisiana. It is initially providing this feature to new business customers effective immediately, and will subsequently work with existing business customers to make the transition. The announcement was made during the Community Toolkit Conference hosted by the Fiber-To-The-Home Council in Kansas City, Missouri.

Prior to this announcement, LUS Fiber was the first telecom provider in the nation to provide 100 Mbps Peer-to-Peer Intranet in 2009 to all of its Internet customers.

"Lafayette is a true success story," says Joey Durel, City-Parish President of Lafayette. "We met the challenge to provide next generation broadband access to our city with open arms, and we continue to build out our network so that it enhances our local economy. It is because of the strength of our economy and the power of our broadband, that Lafayette is a place where technology companies want to locate."

The ultra high-speed, municipal network was designed to provide residents and businesses in Lafayette a unique way to share files and transmit data. Through innovative engineering, LUS Fiber allows every customer to move traffic "on net" using a different path at a higher rate of speed regardless of the customer's purchased tier, effectively creating the nation's first digitally connected gigabit community.

"The idea of a community-wide Intranet was brought to us by technological visionaries in our community," states LUS Fiber director, Terry Huval. "We knew that this service could make a huge difference for all of our customers, and we are now in a position to enhance our Intranet service up to 1 Gigabit per second providing a more robust experience." He continues, "The power of our all fiber network and our consistent growth of business customers led to the implementation of this cutting-edge feature. As our system grows, we will continue to push the envelope on speed and features."

Other network providers have to route data out of their network, onto the Internet and then back to its destination, even if the two end points are in relatively close proximity. Now, only in Lafayette, is data shared directly between two users at speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second with no hops out to the open Internet, which provides a faster, more robust experience with extremely low latency.

"Aside from what this means to our customers we are also excited about what it means for our community," says Huval.

In 2012, Lafayette was chosen by the White House as a Pioneer City in the US Ignite initiative and declared a Living Lab for Healthcare Innovation. As the world rushes to develop next generation applications that utilize ultra-fast broadband networks, LUS Fiber has positioned Lafayette as a leader in technology innovation. With access to symmetrical Internet speeds up to 1 Gig and a community-wide Intranet, Lafayette has a unique mix that offers an opportunity like no other to organizations interested in creating major societal impacts through broadband access.

"Our digitally connected community is the perfect test bed for developers, private companies, and other organizations interested in finding solutions that will have a lasting impact on our nation's future," continues City-Parish President Durel. "I would like to invite any company or organization to Lafayette to discuss the kind of possibilities this brings."



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