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Chattanooga offers 10 gig Internet community-wide

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Chattanooga is now offering 10 gigabit (10 Gig) Internet service to be made available across a large community-wide territory. Unlike point-to-point commercial installations, which have been possible for some time, EPB’s 10 Gig service is now available for access by every home and business in a 600 square mile area through Alcatel-Lucent’s TWDM-PON broadband technology.

The 10 Gig residential service is available everywhere in EPB’s service area for $299 per month. The price could be lower in the future, depending on how many customers use it.

“Five years ago, Chattanooga and Hamilton County became the first in the United States to offer up to 1 Gig Internet speeds,” said Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB in a news release. “Today, we become the first community in the world capable of delivering up to 10 Gigs to all 170,000 households and businesses in our service area.”

EPB is also launching 5 Gig and 10 Gig Internet products for small businesses as well as 3 Gig, 5 Gig and 10 Gig “Professional” products for larger enterprises. These Internet services are available at varying price points.

“Chattanooga’s 10 Gig fiber optic network is a world-class platform for innovation,” DePriest said. “In recent years, the need for faster Internet speeds has increased rapidly. Chattanooga is the perfect place for companies to enhance their productivity today and test the applications everyone in the country will want tomorrow.”

For companies that need to upload and download large files including ventures involved in 3D printing, film production, gaming, medical image diagnostics, software development, big data, etc., Chattanooga offers a unique opportunity to dramatically increase productivity and workflow whether employees are working from home or the office.

“Chattanooga is a city ready to compete in the 21st Century innovation economy,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “The 1 gigabit service has already played a pivotal role in transforming our city, attracting new businesses and providing our residents with affordable high-speed connectivity. The 10 Gig offering will continue to grow wages, diversify our local economy and propel Chattanooga as a center for technology and invention.”

A study recently released by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Finance professor Bento Lobo shows “the Gig Network” helped the Chattanooga area generate at least 2,800 new jobs and at least $865.3 million in economic and social benefits. 

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger highlighted the importance of connectivity for education. “Whether we’re talking about providing school children with access to Kahn Academy or giving college students a new way to collaborate on group projects or providing adults with on-line resources to help them re-train for new jobs, fiber optic broadband is a powerful tool for education,” Coppinger said. “Giving more people faster access to the world of information is one of the best things we can do to ensure educational and economic competitiveness for our citizens.”

EPB first launched the fiber optic network in September 2010.

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