Iron Man 3 Fails to Make the Fiber Connection

CHATTANOOGA, TN - For those who plan to hit theaters to catch "Iron Man 3," keep an eye out for the inaccurate depiction of Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the movie, Iron Man had a hard time with a slow Internet connection. If Iron Man had visited the real Chattanooga, he would have been saving the world with the help of the first American city to offer gig-a-second Internet speeds (1,000 Mbps), which Chattanooga, also known as Gig City, has made available to every home and business across a 600 square mile service area since 2010. Some fiction vs. fact factoids to keep an eye out for, according to the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

FICTION:
In the movie Iron Man struggles with slow Internet service while in Chattanooga.

FACT:
In 2010, Chattanooga surprised America by becoming the first American city to have a community-wide “Gig” fiber network offering up to 1 Gbps internet and broadband service, with its network covering the entire 600-square-mile area and every 150,000 plus homes. And what’s unique about Chattanooga’s gig network is its partnership with the municipal utility company EPB to create its smart grid inlaid with the, which not only increases the internet speed, but also benefits the city through better connectivity.

FICTION:
In the movie Iron Man wanted to escape the slow Internet speed in Chattanooga

FACT:
Geeks and techies are flocking to Chattanooga to experiment with the city’s “Living Lab.” This summer, entrepreneurs and startups from across the globe are vying for five spots in the city’s accelerator challenge GIGTANK, the only world’s accelerator program that focuses on the utilization of a living fiber network.


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