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Chattanooga, Tennessee to Have 1Gbps Internet at $350 a Month

Category: Internet
Posted: 02:52PM

Now, I know what you're thinking. 1Gbps Internet service is just mind-boggingly fast. You could download a game off Steam while streaming an HD movie and probably several other things at once. The only catch is the cost and where the service is at. Chattanooga, Tennessee will be the first area in the United States to offer a 1Gbps fiber optic Internet service for the low cost of $350 a month. This service will cover the city of Chattanooga along with the rural counties surrounding it which makes up a roughly 600 square-mile area. The city's Electric Power Board, the company behind the fiber-optic connection, touts the service as "a test bed for next generation technology" and helps to bring the service in line with that of other countries, like Hong Kong and Portugal who already offer 1Gbps connections. Hong Kong offers that speed for about $26 a month but at least the US is catching up in speed. Now, the FCC wants to bring 100Mbps connections to 100 million homes in the next ten years so the Chattanooga EPB is already light years ahead of that idea. Just you need to live in or near the city to benefit from it starting today. But hey, at least those speeds are possible and will help to give Google some competition.

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AddictedGamer93 on September 13, 2010 04:33PM
holy internet connection Batman!
danieljury3 on September 13, 2010 10:02PM
Whats the data cap. If its something like 20Gb the your just going to burn through it in about 2 seconds
malmsteenisgod on September 13, 2010 10:15PM
Wow, $350. That's...not even worth it.
slick2500 on September 14, 2010 02:14AM
They need to lower the price a tad, who the heck is gonna pay $350 a month for internet? Thats more a month than some people pay for their house and or car.
sYstEmATiC on September 14, 2010 09:58AM
It would be good for a very large internet cafe or large business. It would be pointless in a residential environment unless you wanted to run a large website or something from your home. I say this because I have a 30Mb connection and the only time I ever max it out is torrenting. Most sites out there cant upload at 1gb on a per person basis.
Munkypoo7 on September 14, 2010 03:05AM
Dang that's quick... but it sucks you wallet dry quickly too. No thank you.
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The Mikeness on September 16, 2010 04:45PM
It's only 10x the cost of a current broadband connection, but with anywhere from 20-100x the speed, depending on what the prices are where you live. What a good time to be an internet connection reseller or datacentre company there!
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Jack on September 17, 2010 07:23AM
I don't know what the prices are in other parts of the country but here are Chattanooga EPB's: 30MB $57.99 50MB $69.99 100MB $139.99 1000MB $349.99
HoLoDreaM on September 19, 2010 09:58AM
Chattanooga woot woot!

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