Accessible Gig-Speed Internet
While EPB has been in operation for over 80 years, the company is perhaps best known for bringing the world’s fastest internet to Chattanooga. In 2010, EPB began offering every home and business in its service area access to gigabit-speed internet (1,000 Mbps), and five years later, the company launched the world’s first community-wide 10 gigabit internet service.
“It all started with a plan to establish America’s most advanced and highly automated smart grid electric system, which utilizes thousands of smart switches and other devices installed across the service area to automatically re-route power around damaged power lines. In order for Chattanooga’s Smart Grid to have lightning-fast response times, we needed a way for these devices to communicate at nearly the speed of light – that was the starting point for Chattanooga’s community-wide fiber optic network, but then we ‘thought bigger.’ As a result, Chattanooga became the first city in America to make Gig-speed internet accessible to everyone. Five years later, we followed up by becoming the first to make 10 Gig internet speeds accessible to all.
Today, EPB is working on a multi-year process to upgrade Chattanooga’s fiber optic network to the latest technology, so we can keep our community on the leading edge. In support of our mission to enhance quality of life for our community, our goal is to future-proof our customers and ensure that they always have world-class energy and connectivity services both at home and work and to keep our local economy growing.”
Vice President of New Products, EPB