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Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Tennessee: Chattanooga's EPB Telecom "Ready With All-Fiber Internet Solution"

Chattanooga's municipal power utility has been aggressive in deploying fiber; Don Strobeck passed along this article from last month (I'm still catching up on some old posts):

"EPB Telecom announced that it will begin offering business customers 'an all-fiber Internet solution that will make Mayor Corker’s vision for an affordable, high speed, high bandwidth Internet product a reality in Chattanooga.' EPB Telecom’s new Internet product 'gives Chattanooga business customers access to a 100 percent fiber Internet path and the best connectivity available in the industry,' officials said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. They said, 'This technological advancement will catapult Chattanooga to a competitive position with other technology-driven cities such as Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles in appealing to companies who are considering relocating or expanding.'"

"Officials said, 'EPB Telecom’s all-fiber Internet service starts at 1.5 Mbps, the maximum capacity for most providers, and can be customized to provide up to 500 Mbps—capacity that is 300 times faster than traditional connections through T1, cable and DSL…that’s far more than businesses need today, but is what they will need in the near future. And while traditional service alternatives upload information at a notably slower speed than downloads, this new Internet product provides remarkably symmetrical upload and download speeds."

The article goes on to give very detailed information on EPB Telecom's system.

EPB Telecom is using Wave7 Optics' FTTP (fiber to the premises) equipment for this project.

Previous Chattanooga posts:
"Tennessee: Chattanooga mayor sees fiber connectivity critical to area's growth"
"City of Chattanooga merges its’ Internet and telecom businesses into one organization"


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