Broussard transforming to Smart City

BROUSSARD – Mayor Ray Bourque and the Broussard Economic Development Corporation are welcoming Cox Communication’s expansion of gigabit connectivity to the city’s residents and businesses.

Mayor Bourque cited the importance of high-speed connectivity, which will further Broussard’s rapid transition to a smart city that is connecting city merchants and residents.

“The high-speed internet connections are crucial in helping businesses to compete. It also helps keep families connected and helps them embrace new technology,” Mayor Bourque said. “Supporting businesses and improving the quality of life for our residents is essential in keeping Broussard successful.”

“Cox is proud to be a long-time partner of the City of Broussard and shares its goals of helping area residents, businesses, and local government stay connected and achieve smart city goals through the deployment of world-class telecommunications services,” says Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Southeast. “Cox Gigablast is currently available to 100 percent of our service area in Broussard, and our commitment is to deliver gigabit services to all homes and businesses in our five-parish Acadiana footprint by fall of this year.”

Broussard is part of Lafayette Parish’s quick ascension to the top tier of digital U.S. locations. In recent years the parish has been recognized as a top 10 community where digital media is clustered and technology is cultivated. The growth is rooted in technology-focused initiatives and high-speed internet connectivity. That connectivity attracts investors, tech-intensive businesses, and innovations to the parish.

How fast is gigabit-fast internet? According to Cox, the technology goes beyond speeding up individual devices to allowing multiple people within households to use internet-connected devices at the same time. For example, everyone in the home can enjoy 4K streaming at the same time, with the ability to stream more than 25 4K HD videos simultaneously, download a HD movie in less than 60 seconds, download 100 songs in three seconds, and upload approximately 1,000 photos in about a minute.

To continue leading the broadband market and enable future growth, Cox says it plans to invest $10 billion in its products and infrastructure in the next five years, with a focus on enhancing the customers’ experience both inside and outside of the home. Cox’s enhanced internet offerings coincide with AT&T and LUS Fiber’s continued investments in bringing high-speed internet to Broussard.

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