Wednesday, February 05, 2014


(h/t billmon)

The U.S. lags behind most other developed countries in the availability of high-speed Internet access at reasonable prices but not in Chattanooga, Tennessee:
One American City Enjoys a Hyperfast Internet -- Any Surprise Corporations Don't Control It?
It’s time for high-speed internet access for all.
The Tom Hartmann Show
February 4, 2014

...high-speed internet access may still seem out-of-reach for many Americans, down in Chattanooga, Tennessee it’s been a reality for a long time.

That’s because Chattanooga is home to “The Gig,” a taxpayer-owned, high-speed fiber-optic network.

According to The New York Times, back in 2009, Chattanooga received a $111 million stimulus grant from the federal government, which allowed that city to get “The Gig” up and running.

Maintained and operated by Chattanooga’s publicly-owned utility company EPB, “The Gig” allows Chattanooga’s residents to surf the web at lightning-fast speeds.

For less than $70 per month, residents browse the World Wide Web on a high-speed fiber-optic connection that shoots data back and forth at one gigabit per second – that’s 1000 megabytes per second. Where I live in Washington, D.C., you have to pay a lot just to get a 20 megabit-per-second connection.

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