Iberia Parish gov't website 'held for ransom' - KLFY News 10

Iberia Parish gov't website 'held for ransom'

A New Iberia company has control of the parish government website and email—and now the parish wants them back. But, the company says it will cost them thousands of dollars.

Ryan Goudelocke is representing Iberia Parish Government in their case against Matthew Comeaux and his company Main Street Internet Service.

Goudelocke says Comeaux registered two domain names for the parish starting in 2002—Iberiagov.net and IberiaParishGovernment.com—these two domain names are used for the parish government’s website and emailing.

"How do they [constituents] contact their representatives?; How do they request services from parish government?; Where are [constituents going to know where to find] the sandbags if the flooding starts?" said Goudelocke.

Court records indicate Comeaux is shutting down shop and offered to sell the parish domain names for $10,000 on June 19th.

"We see it as a proposal to sell us something that we already own," said Goudelocke.

According to records, the company gave the parish until July 4th to buy the domain names. If they didn't comply, the domain names would allegedly shut down.

"If these domains go down, the email addresses for every parish employee stops working—among themselves and their constituents—so, it's not just an operational difficulty or inconvenience, it's a public health and safety problem," said Goudelocke.

 Goudelocke said the domain names will go untouched under a temporary restraining order until July 17th. After that, he said, they'll ask for an extension until a final decision is made.

We were unable to reach Comeaux or his company as of news time.

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