Chattanooga’s Got a Gig
On September 13th, EPB, the municipally-owned utility company in Chattanooga, Tennessee (our hometown), announced it would begin offering the fastest internet service in the United States (see the New York Times article).
Tied with several international communities for having the fastest Internet connection in the world, Chattanooga will soon offer 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 sq. mile area with one gigabyte access by the end of 2010.
The United States’ broadband capabilities often put American companies behind their counterparts in other countries where a faster and more powerful connection is available. While the Obama Administration has pledged to have 100 million households at a minimum of 100 megabits per second by the year 2020, Hamilton County Mayor Clause Ramsey observed that "this is in place [in Chattanooga] right now and at speeds 10 times the country’s goal."
This also comes at a time when, in an effort to help make the United States on par with other technologically-savvy countries, Google has made a pledge this year to offer between 50,000 and 500,000 people around the country with access to a one gigabyte-per-second connection. Google accepted applications from over 1,100 communities across the country to provide this service which they say will “deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.”
Delegator, based in Chattanooga, is thrilled to be a part of such an entrepreneurial community. If you're a growing business and interested in connecting to the fastest network in the U.S., let us know. And if you'd like to discuss creative ideas on how the community should leverage this new technology, we'd love to hear from you.