Chattanooga Upgrades all Residential and Business Service Speeds

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CHATTANOOGA, TN –The City of Chattanooga, the first American city to have a community-wide “Gig” fiber network offering up to 1 Gbps Internet service, announced that municipal utility EPB will increase all residential and business customers’ service speeds to a minimum of 100 Mbps while upgrading thousands of customers to 1 Gbps, making Chattanooga the country’s city with the highest concentration of gig users.

Residential customers with current service of 100 Mbps or higher will be automatically upgraded to 1 Gbps service. The residential cost for this service will be $69.99 per month. Residential customers whose network speeds will increase from today’s 50 megabits-per-second to 100 Mbps will have their monthly charges remain at $58. While the average download speed in the US hovers around 7 megabits-per-second, nearly 50,000 homes and businesses in the Chattanooga area will now enjoy symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps or faster. All customers will receive faster network speeds by October 1.

“High speed connectivity is more accessible than ever in Chattanooga, and more accessible here than anywhere else in the country,” said Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB. “We are expanding our offerings while simultaneously bringing down prices.” Chattanooga has clearly emerged as a "do-it-yourself" role model for other cities across the nation that aren’t fortunate enough to have a major company like Google Fiber come to town and build out infrastructure, said Mr. DePriest.

Fiber Network Boosts Chattanooga’s Economic Profile
Since the gig was made available to all city residents and businesses, it has begun to transform Chattanooga’s economic profile, helped attract new companies and enlivened the city’s entrepreneurial culture. More than 1,000 jobs have been created over the past few years, most at tech-heavy startups, and the city has emerged as a haven for innovation and next generation businesses, with programs like GigTank that welcome entrepreneurs and start-ups to stay and work in the city.

“The launch of true high-speed bandwidth has been critical to Chattanooga’s recent economic successes,” said J.Ed. Marston, VP of marketing and communications at the Chattanooga Area of Commerce. “Companies that are heavily reliant on the Internet have found that EPB’s unprecedented speeds, especially when it comes to synchronistic upload speeds, directly support their successes.”

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