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Chattanooga implements world’s first community-wide 10 Gigabit internet

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Chattanooga, Tn. announced that municipal utility EPB Fiber Optics is now offering the world’s first 10 gigabit (10 Gig) Internet service to be made available across a large community-wide territory.

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Chattanooga, Tn., is known as Gig City for being the first in the United States to build a community-wide fiber optic network capable of delivering 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Internet speeds.

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.

Alcatel-Lucent’s pioneering new solution is the world’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. The 10 Gig residential service is available everywhere in EPB’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 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, Chattanooga’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.


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