Chattanooga, Tennessee, is home to the fastest Broadband Internet service in the United States, giving its customers a connection that will be 200 times faster than other cities. The city-owned EPB Fiber Optics has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to offer speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
Google had planned to offer the fastest broadband service in the US, but has been beaten by the municipally-owned service provider. In fact, other customers in the suburbs can access connection speeds of up to 1 Gbps through the network.
The Chattanooga Electric Power Board plans to offer one gigabyte per second speed for broadband to users in the city of Chattanooga through its new EPB Fibre optics network. The project, which is expected to service nearly 100,000 homes and enterprises in the city, costs $350 per month. It will cover an area of 600 square-mile and 9 county service areas.
EPB also offers tiers of Internet service: 30 Mbps up and down for $57.99; 50 Mbps per second for $69.99; 100 Mbps per month for $139.99; and 1 gigabit for $350 per month.
“By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today’s innovations and tomorrow’s companies,” Tom Edd Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.