Thanks Mr Nagin

I have to say thank you to our Mayor, C Ray Nagin. Living in the French Quarter, ak- after Katrina, I have been helping myself to internet service for free with no idea who I was stealing it from. I kept waiting for the Internet Police to come bust down the door, handcuff me and lock me away with those poor souls who insist on strealing Cable TV. My guilt and shame have been removed by our fearless leader today though. Free Internet Service to all in the Quarter and the CBD is the city governments newest battle cry to return the city to prosperity. It was officially announced today that the city of New Orleans will be offering free wireless internet access to the entire city within a year. Now I’m not sure how those wonderful ladies who man the phones at Cox Cable will feel about this, but I for one think its a great idea, and trust me when I tell you that the service has been outstanding! And did I mention it’s FREE? No matter what you think of C Ray, how can this really be a bad thing unless your a internet provider? And with the issues Cox, BellSouth and the other service providers are having, it’s a sign that C Ray is still about bringing business back to the area. I feel like a 5 year old in a candy store.

On the same subject, kinda- I see where many people compare the job Mayor Nagin did after Katrina with the job that Rudy Guliani did in New York City after 9/11. Folks if your not on the ground here you just don’t get it but I will try and give you an example. The World Trade Center area’s devastation was about the size of the French Quarter. Now think, the Quarter and Uptown were really the only area’s in New Orleans not completly destroyed. If the flooding that took place was confined only to the Quarter and C Ray couldn’t handle that, then I would be all over him. It’s the exact opposite though. Imagine if in NYC the only area that was okay after 9/11 was the WTC. Does anyone really think that Guliani or any mayor for that matter would have been able to get control of things? If you do please pass that pipe your smoking cause I need some of that. Badly.

9 Comments so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 5:42 pm

    Thank you for your second paragraph.

    And it’s good to see Cox with a spirit of healthy competition on this Wi-Fi thing. Instead of trying to fight it and creating a battle, their attitude is, “bring it on — we’ll see what happens.”

    It’s a positive step.

  2. Laurie (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 8:27 pm

    This FREE internet thing that includes all of the affected

    parishes also like St. Charles’ Parish?


  3. ashley (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 11:10 pm

    Nagin also got diddley from the feds, and Giuliani got everything on a silver platter…including a bright shiny fire engine from the people of New Orleans.

    The guy ain’t perfect, but damned, he is trying, and he’s a welcome relief from all of the typical Louisiana politicians.

  4. Z (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 7:19 am

    The fire engine was actually a donation from the people of Louisiana; money was raised for it from all over the state. And the FDNY donated the truck back to the NOFD to help with rebuilding the department.

    NYC has been very helpful during our crisis. NYPD and FDNY have both supplied vehicles and personnel, the city has donated funds and supplies. It is important to remember that while the feds have been asshats, individual cities, states and countries have given real aid to New Orleans.

    One of the few bright spots in this whole mess, I must say…

  5. Ann (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 8:52 am

    I was so excited when I read the WiFi annoucement at! To offer it to the entire city – free! That is very progressive. Enjoy some for me as I still pay Bellsouth $30 a month for DSL. :-P


  6. Stacey (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 11:48 am

    I’m all for competition – but anytime I see the words “free” and “from the city,” you can be assured that it’s no where near free. Think of it as a direct payment from your paycheck into the tax vat to pay for such “free” services.

  7. Cade Roux (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 12:48 pm

    St. Charles Parish is not part of the City of New Orleans (nor is Jefferson Parish), and so will not receive coverage – this is a CITY project, not a regional, state, or federal project.

    The speed will be limited down to 128 kbps after the SOE has ended (to comply with state law) – so there will be little or no real competition for anyone moderately serious about their home Internet usage.

  8. Aaron (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    The city is working on tweaking the law for after Katrina – or finding a way around it – check it out in the comments of Ernie’s Blog.

  9. bill frank (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 10:30 am

    Mr. Mayor Sir,
    I would like to begin with a simple Thankyou! Your urging citizens to leave was the catalyst, for the evacuation of my family and our, in some cases, forcing our elderly relatives to evacuate with us. Mr. Mayor, you saved our lives!! I was planning on riding Katrina out, your press conference was the motivator.
    You are one of my heros Sir and I do thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    We are back, on Willow, and the entire neighborhood is cleaning up. I have the utmost respect, admiration, and great wishes for you, your young family, and our future. I will be displaying your banner when election time comes around. Sincerely, Bill Frank
    7934 Willow
    Apt B
    New Oeleans, La. 70118

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