Chattanooga Announces Nation's Only 150 Mbps Residential Internet Offer Chattanooga Area 10 Years Ahead of FCC's National Broadband Plan

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- EPB Fiber Optics, Chattanooga's municipally-owned fiber-to-the-home network, announced it will introduce a 150 Mbps symmetrical residential Internet product later this month. EPB Fiber Optics' product, Fi-Speed Internet 150, will be the only offer of its kind in the U.S.

Today, prior to the introduction of Fi-Speed Internet 150, EPB's fiber-to-the-home network is capable of providing 100 Mbps symmetrical Internet speeds to over 100,000 homes and businesses in the Chattanooga area. Access to the 100 percent fiber optic network will be available to everyone in EPB's service area by the end of 2010. EPB's service area covers 170,000 homes and business and 600 square miles in Chattanooga, Hamilton County and parts of five other counties in southeast Tennessee and three in North Georgia. This next-generation broadband availability to every home and business in the area puts Chattanooga 10 years ahead of the FCC's National Broadband Plan.

"The kind of network that is being built in Chattanooga today is exactly what companies like Google are imploring cities in this country to focus their efforts on," says Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield.  "Though it may seem surprising to some, Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to advanced communications availability."

About EPB's Fiber-to-the-Home Network:

EPB, Chattanooga's municipal electric utility, is using its fiber-to-the-home network as the backbone for its Smart Grid, which will provide increased power reliability, greater operational efficiency and more power management tools for the utility's electric customers.

In addition to its Smart Grid functions, the fiber-to-the-home network can also provide communications products to business and residential customers, including very high speed symmetrical Internet, IPTV and phone service.

To learn more about EPB's Smart Grid and EPB Fiber Optics' services, please visit www.epb.net.  

Contact:

Danna Bailey

(423) 648-1293



SOURCE EPB Fiber Optics



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