Houma, Louisiana Fiber Issues --- Non-Availability

By | November 29, 2017


The graphic information was taken from https://www.inmyarea.com on November 29th, 2017.

As you can easily see, in Houma, west of the Intracoastal Canal, only 2.4% of customers have access to fiber internet services, 0% on the eastern portion of the city. Whereas, a nearby town like Lockport has 34.8% of it's customers with fiber internet available.

I find it amazing that in a large industrial area like Houma-Terrebonne, there are largely no internet service providers that offer fiber.

Just a little background that a single fiber thread can carry network speeds in excess of 150 Mb/sec.  And many of the installations I worked with outside of Houma were being upgraded to 1 Gb/sec.  By comparison, the fastest available from cable is about 75 Mb/sec down and 20 Mb/sec up for a business class cable internet line.  The fastest residential cable is 75 Mb/sec down 5 Mb/sec up.

We need to build infrastructure.

There are some institutions that have fiber direct to the building.  These are not represented in the data.  The cost is extreme as it requires special contracts with the providers.

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. Theriot