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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:

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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By andrinoaa on 9/16/2010 7:25:10 PM , Rating: 1
I am always amazed at the stupidity of you yanks. How has it come that you are so blind to other ways of doing things. Letting the market do things the market's way is so obviously restrictive. There has to be a balance, but you guys are so off the scales. The contortions to make it fit have us all laughing. Its like a pedantic Jew who can't work on a Sabath, yet finds loop holes to get around it.
Face facts, large infrustructure can only be put in place by governments. There is no one organization that can do the complete job OR wants to do the complete job. I applaud Cincinnatti for this initiative. At least some people in your country seem to have some understanding of the way the market can fail. Its so obvious, just look at the "rubics cube" you have now, hahahahah.

RE: Magnifecent
By andrinoaa on 9/16/2010 7:42:00 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, insert Chatnooga for cincinatti.
By the way its not socialism. You guys pride yourselves on the notion that anyone with enough motivation can be president or "succeed". Or are you of the persuasion that there is no such thing as a society? How many homeless people are there in America? How many people live under the poverty line in America? So obviously, what you have been doing ain't very effective, cause if it was so good , it wood be perfect! So isn't it time to look past "its socialism" and understand that we all need bits of socialism, communism and capitalism to make things work better? Communists tried to put everything under one banner and failed. So too has over emphasis on free markets tried to put everything under the same banner. I am just amazed at your thinking "inside the bubble".

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