Chattanooga’s municipal utility has launched America’s first comprehensively available Gig-speed internet service and the first 10-Gig internet service, EPB has launched the nation’s first community-wide 25 gigabits per second internet service, which will be available to all residential and commercial customers over 100% fiber optic network with symmetrical upload and download speeds.
This project will continue the city’s focus on delivering the world’s fastest speeds. Through a partnership with Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Convention Center is EPB’s first 25 Gig customer, making it the first convention center worldwide to offer such blazingly fast speeds over a broadband network.
With this technology, the Convention Center will be able to simultaneously provide high bandwidth connectivity to thousands of smart devices to draw business conferences, e-gaming competitions, live streaming events and more.
“EPB is keeping Chattanooga on the cutting edge,” said Vicky Gregg, EPB Board Chair. “We are once again breaking the typical approach for internet service providers by proactively upgrading to the latest technologies in anticipation of future needs. Our goal is to enable new frontiers for technical innovation and job creation for our customers to the benefit of our whole community.”
Both parties have dedicated $151,000 in infrastructure funding for a total of $302,000 to cover the cost of installing new networking equipment and Wi-Fi access points throughout the convention center as well as much of the cost providing multi-gig connectivity for the next five years. Once the equipment is installed, visitors will be able to benefit from high-speed connectivity throughout the facility.
“The new 25 Gig internet service gives our Convention Center a major competitive advantage in drawing business conferences, conventions, e-gaming competitions and other events that bring tens of thousands of visitors and many millions of dollars in spending into our local economy,” said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.
“Throughout my time as Mayor, I’ve placed a primary focus on supporting new economic opportunities for the people of Hamilton County. I’m proud to stand with the Hamilton County Commission, the City of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Tourism Co., the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and EPB in launching this new job creation tool which will serve our community for many years to come.”
EPB’s Gig-Speed internet has helped the Chattanooga region earn many prestigious accolades while boosting the community’s rank among tech hot spots.