EPB Announces Expansion of Service, 10-Gig Fiber Optic Network Covering Wide Area

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YOUR DESCRIPTION HAS REACHED THE LIMIT OF CHARACTERS ALLOWED AND WAS CUT. Officials at EPB have announced that it's now offering the world's first 10-gigabit Internet service that will be made available across what it calls a "large, community-wide territory."

Replay our Periscope livestream of the announcement event here.

In a release, EPB says 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.

EPB says Alcatel-Lucent's pioneering new solution is the worldƒ‚‚‚„s most advanced ultra-broadband technology because it delivers the scalability to offer up to 10 gigabits per second Internet speeds across a community-wide network.

EPB says the 10 Gig residential service is available everywhere in EPBƒ‚‚‚„s service area for $299 per month with free installation, no contracts and no cancellation fees.

'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. '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 says it 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.

According to DePriest, Chattanoogaƒ‚‚‚„s community-wide fiber optic network sets it apart as a living laboratory that can deliver next-generation Internet speeds anywhere in a 600 square mile area including urban, suburban and rural businesses and residences.

'Chattanoogaƒ‚‚‚„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., EPB says 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.'

EPB says Chattanoogaƒ‚‚‚„s fiber optic network has produced tangible results. In a release, EPB highlighted 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. The study also found the EPB smart grid has allowed customers to avoid an estimated 124.7 million minutes of electric service interruptions by automatically re-routing power (often in less than a second) to prevent an outage or dramatically reduce outage durations.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger highlighted the importance of connectivity for education. 'Whether weƒ‚‚‚„re talking about providing school children with access to Kahn Academy or giving college students a

Date Added: 2019-02-22

Category: EPB Fiber

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