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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Louisiana news briefs: Tech, opportunity and marriage equality

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  • Suddenlink launches 107 Mbps service in Bastrop
    Residential Suddenlink customers in Bastrop now have access to internet download speeds of up to 107 Megabits per second through the company. The MAX 107.0 service also features upload speeds up to 5 Mbps. According to a Suddenlink press release, this is the fastest residential internet service offered within the community.
    Louisiana still struggles with low opportunity
    A new report that measures national opportunity levels between 1970 and 2010 has been released. "A Historical Report of Opportunity" examined ten different indicators of opportunity accessibility, such as household income, education levels, crime rates and income inequality, to determine the overall opportunity for "upward mobility."
    The U.S. as a whole saw the national opportunity for upward mobility rise by 13 percent during the entire measured time period. However, the largest increase in opportunity occurred between 1990 and 2000. This decade outperformed the other three decades measured with a 10 times increase in national opportunity.
    During the same time period, income inequality rose 30 percent within the nation and at differing increments within each of the 50 states.
    While Louisiana did not experience a decline in opportunity during the measured period — only Nevada and Michigan saw declines — Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and Louisiana are labeled as consistently struggling with low opportunity scores by the survey.
    "Our country's relatively modest progress is not nearly enough to ensure that Americans — particularly teens and young adults — have access to the critical economic, education and community supports that promote upward mobility," said Mark Edwards, executive director of Opportunity Nation, in a news release. "It also prompts a closer look at states that have helped youth embark on meaningful educational and career pathways – the key to thriving communities and economies that benefit all of us."
    Marriage equality case in NOLA court
    The Forum for Equality Louisiana’s lawsuit against the State of Louisiana, which seeks state recognition of same-sex marriages conducted in other states, will go before U.S. Judge Martin Feldman in federal district court in New Orleans at 10 a.m. today. There are six plaintiffs in the case.
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