Chattanooga offers the fastest Internet Service in the US at 1 Gbps

September 14th, 2010 - 9:59 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Chattanooga, Sep 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The city of Chattanooga is offering its residents Internet speed of up to 1 gigabit per second!

The city authorities and Alcatel-Lucent partnered to provide what has become the fastest Internet service in the United States. The project, which has been on the plan of the city authorities for more than a decade, became a reality on Monday when the city unveiled it.

However residents will be required to pay a lot for the service, as it will not come cheap. Users who choose to have the maximum speed of 1 gigabit per second will be required to pay $350/month. That though is not the only option.

To balance speed with affordability, the city also offers a 30 megabit per second option, which is available for $57.99; 50 megabit per second also goes for $69.99/month and 100 megabit per second that will cost $139.99/month.

“Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband. By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today’s innovations and tomorrow’s companies,” according to a statement by Tom Edd Wilson, who is the president and chief executive of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

The city owns the EPB Fiber Optics which is a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network and the maximum speed of 10 gigabit per second is ten times the speed of the Federal Communications Commission broadband definition.

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