Looks like Alabama isn't the only southeastern US state AT&T's aiming its U-verse arrow at -- The Bayou State could be following suit in short order. According to William Oliver, president of AT&T's Louisiana operations, the carrier could begin servicing Baton Rouge with U-verse "within the next 18 to 24 months." Citing "competitive reasons" as the motive behind failing to elaborate, we are told that the Metro Council has already "unanimously approved an agreement with AT&T, patterned after one with Cox Communications." Not surprisingly, U-verse would aim to compete with Cox and Eatel (not to mention the two major satcasters), and while other cities in the state weren't mentioned by name, Oliver did proclaim that AT&T "had its crosshairs on a couple of locations." Call us crazy, but we think we've spotted a rollout race.

[Thanks, David]