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Chattanooga to Get 150 Mbps Fiber Network

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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Chattanooga, Tennessee will now have the fastest home broadband speeds in the nation through a municipal fiber optic network. The network is maintained through a subsidiary, EPB Fiber Optics, of the city’s municipal electric provider EPB. The network boasts speeds of up to 150Mbps symmetrical, in comparison the fastest Verizon Fios is offering is 50Mbp down and 20Mbps up.  This new high speed access is quite expensive for users, the 100Mbps plan is $349; pricing for the new 150 plan not announced yet.

The network covers 170,00 homes and business in Chattanooga, along with 6 other counties in Tenessee and northern Georgia.

Chattanooga MayorRon Littlefield said  of this new high speed network, "The kind of network that is being built in Chattanooga today is exactly what companies like Google are imploring cities in this country to focus their efforts on. Though it may seem surprising to some, Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to advanced communications availability."

In addition to providing high speed internet, VoIp and video services the new network will also act as the backbone for the creation of a smart grid network. EPB has already been awarded $111.5 million by the Department of Energy to create a smart grid.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act


  1. I welcome fiber for the fastest speeds possible but at $349 a month? Thats serious price gouging, when in japan they already have that and pay less than what we pay for dsl. Seems in america we are losing out on technology, when others pay less for high speeds, we in america are forced with slow speeds at high prices. We need a company that will deliver what people want, people will flood to them. High speeds at cheap prices is now the american dream.

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