Welcome to the Louisiana Broadband Initiative website. Did you know that only 60.5% of households in Louisiana have broadband internet? That means over a third of the population is either still using dial-up or a satellite dish or has no internet at all in their homes! In today's age of fast-paced, technological information travel, having no internet or slow internet means you could be falling behind. It is the Broadband Advisory Council’s mission to prevent this from happening. All around the state grant funding is allowing for the construction of new cable lines and towers to make broadband internet more accessible to the public. Areas that once did not have internet access such as the Delta Parishes and Florida Parishes will soon be able to ditch the dial-up and enter the cheaper, high-speed world of broadband. It is our hope that by doing this, cable companies will place a greater investment in competing for business in Louisiana, thus cutting costs and making the internet more easily available for everyone.
Letter from DOA Commissioner Paul W. Rainwater
Just as the Electrification Project of the 1930s brought electricity to rural Louisiana and a similar project spread telephone service throughout the state in the 1950s, the Louisiana Broadband Initiative seeks to ensure that every Louisiana household has access to high-speed Internet – or broadband – by 2015. The statewide adoption of broadband will strengthen our schools, enhance our economic development opportunities, create local jobs, and help our state and local governments serve our citizens more effectively.
With broadband, Louisiana will be connected and prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. Without it, we will be left behind by our more progressive neighbors. Let us not lose our current momentum towards building a better, stronger Louisiana.
I urge all of our citizens, elected officials, and community and business leaders to advocate broadband adoption and its use in your communities.
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