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EPB is delivering the nation's fastest consumer internet connection by the end of the year -- a 1 Gbps service.

Only a few cities worldwide -- like Hong Kong -- have 1 gbps connections.  (Source: TropicalIsland.de)

Small-scale socialized internet offerings have been trampling the rates and service of commercial competitors like Comcast. These competitors have responded by trying to outlaw municipal Wi-Fi.  (Source: Comcast)
Socialized municipal offering handily beats out local commercial competitors

Despite the criticism of mild socialism -- including government-owned utilities -- thus far commercial cable offerings in the U.S. have fallen grossly short of successful municipal offerings.  Services like the municipal effort of Wilson, N.C. have offered faster, cheaper internet than commercial offerings.  Cable companies have responded by pouring millions into lobbying local, state, and federal governments to enact proposals to ban municipal internet services.  To date, they have seemed unable to stamp out this pesky brand of community socialism.

Now Chattanooga, Tennessee is preparing to launch a new municipal service which will offer speeds up to an incredible 1 Gbps.  The service, to be deployed by the end of the year, will be the fastest household internet connection available in America today.

Ron Littlefield, the city’s mayor, cheers, "This makes Chattanooga — a midsized city in the South — one of the leading cities in the world in its digital capabilities."

The service will be managed by city-owned utility EPB.  It will join just a handful of consumer 1 Gbps offerings worldwide, including the fastest connections in the city of Hong Kong.  The service is almost 200 times faster than the average U.S. broadband speed according to analysts.

There are some downsides of the super-fast service.  One is the ability to fully utilize the ultra-wide line.  While transmission speeds are somewhat dependent on what speed the downstream party can receive data at, they are also dependent on how fast upstream parties can serve the data at.  So while you may be able to get a 25 GB Blu-Ray movie in about three and a half minutes, in theory, few data providers will be able to serve the movie that fast.

Another obstacle is the price – a whopping $350 a month.  While the city is also offering more affordable bundles that should beat the rates of competitive commercial offerings, its top-tier option is undeniably pricey.  At that rate it may appeal more to businesses than the majority of individual buyers.

Comments Harold DePriest, chief executive of EPB, "We don’t know how to price a gig.  We’re experimenting. We’ll learn."

The new service will reach 170,000 homes and businesses in the area and help add a bit more bang to citizens' buck, in a region that 
Forbes magazine already rates as one of "America's Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities.

If President Obama has his way, a national socialized internet offering will also soon arrive.  The President's FCC appointees are pushing plans to cover 100 million homes with 100 Mbps by 2020.  That connection would be one-tenth the speed of Chattanooga's. 

Despite the sluggish performance of cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner, some commercial players are also looking to deploy high-speed offerings.  Google announced plans to cover up to 500,000 people with 1 Gbps internet.  The service received 1,100 applications from communities and Google will announce its pick(s) by the end of the year.



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RE: Just great!
By theapparition on 9/14/2010 1:38:51 PM , Rating: 5
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Eminent domain and it's use is an abortion of the very reason we founded this country.

This country was founded based on freedom from sometimes oppressive lords and the promise of land ownership.

Land ownership is now a distant dream. Not one person owns land in this country. Stop paying taxes on it (dues to the Lords), and you'll see how quickly you "own" anything.


RE: Just great!
By JonB on 9/15/2010 2:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
Eminent Domain is a tool. Like any tool, it can be abused.

Good uses: purchasing right of ways for highways at a reasonable market price instead of having to route the highway around "grandma's little plot of land" because she won't sell at any price or paying an exorbitant price charged by an overzealous land-grabber who may have had insider information about the highway route.

Bad uses: condemning the land where grandma still lives, evicting her and paying below market value for a "municipal project" only to have the city turn around and resell the property one year later to a commercial developer for 20 times what the city paid.


RE: Just great!
By AntDX316 on 9/15/2010 5:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
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Gotta hate how people living in country areas get better internet service, it used to be where the only thing they could get was Satellite Broadband!


RE: Just great!
By AEvangel on 9/15/2010 6:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
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Good uses: purchasing right of ways for highways at a reasonable market price instead of having to route the highway around "grandma's little plot of land" because she won't sell at any price or paying an exorbitant price charged by an overzealous land-grabber who may have had insider information about the highway route.


Wrong, there is no good use..so let me get this straight according to you Grandma has less rights then other people simply because others decided they wanted a Highway? Also how is any different from the land grabber you mentioned. He has the same rights as everyone else if they can't make the deal happen then they change the highway.

Eminent Domain is bad tool and it should be abolished.


RE: Just great!
By Integral9 on 9/22/2010 9:17:05 AM , Rating: 2
1) the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. So if granda's house or Joe the plumber's house has to make way for the highway, then so be it.

2) Fair Market Value is not determined by the government. An licensed appraiser working for a private company does that. Generally that is determined by the recent sale of comparable properties in the area.

3) The promise of land and property was easy to make when the country was founded because it was 3000 miles to the other coast line and there was very little claim to the land between. So you could just go out and put a stake in the ground and claim land as yours. Now all the land is owned by someone so the government needs tools like Eminent Domain to be able to further development. Without it, building bridges, highways, expanding roads, installing utilities and even building schools and libraries in existing neighborhoods wouldn't be possible.


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