Monday, September 13, 2010

Chattanooga's Lightning-Fast Choo Choo

Link to September 13 New York Times article, "Coming to Chattanooga: The Fastest Net Service, and Price Experiments".

Excerpt: The city-owned utility, EPB, plans to announce on Monday that by the end of this year it will offer ultra-high-speed Internet service of up to one gigabit a second. That is 200 times faster than the average broadband speed in America.

Only Hong Kong and a few other cities in the world offer such lightning-fast service, and analysts say Chattanooga will be the first in the United States to do so. “This makes Chattanooga — a midsized city in the South — one of the leading cities in the world in its digital capabilities,” said Ron Littlefield, the city’s mayor.

There is one caveat: the highest-speed service will cost $350 a month, a price that may appeal to some businesses but few households, even though the service will be offered to all the 170,000 homes and businesses EPB serves

More affordable pricing:
$58/month for 30 megabits per second.
$71/month for 50 megabits.
$140/month for 100 megabits.

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