But there’s a caveat: the price tag is $350 per month.
On Monday EPB announced the only 1-gigabit-per-second broadband service in the U.S. for its residential and business customers.
EPB’s service area covers 170,000 homes and businesses and 600 square miles in Chattanooga, Hamilton County (Tenn.) and parts of five other counties in southeast Tennessee.
The service area also covers three counties in northwest Georgia, including Walker and Catoosa.
Customers in Rossville, Lookout Mountain and Flintstone in Walker County and customers in Lakeview in Catoosa County are in EPB’s service area and will have access to the new service.
The new network will accommodate speeds of up to 1 gigabit-per-second (Gbps), which is more than 200 times faster than the current national download speed average.
"This groundbreaking commercial offering creates tremendous opportunities for residents and businesses in the region," said Harold DePriest, EPB president and CEO.
Lacie Newton, supervisor of public relations for EPB, said access to the service is part of EPB’s new fiber optics grid allowing “Fi-Speed” internet service.
According to the EPB website the grid is a “modernized, 100 percent fiber optic infrastructure capable of transmitting an infinite amount of data.”
There are four Fi-Speed services available starting at around $58 a month: Fi-Speed Internet 30 which allows 30-megabits-per-second (Mbps) download and upload speeds; Fi-Speed Internet 50 (50 Mbps); Fi-Speed Internet 100 (100 Mbps); and Fi-Speed Internet 1,000, which offers the 1 Gbps service.
The Fi-Speed 1,000 service is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology.
Alcatel-Lucent is a worldwide leader in fixed broadband access, supporting the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services.
Newton said as EPB lays its grid through 2010, customers will be notified when they have access to Fi-Speed service.