Tennessee is already home to the Grand Ole Opry, and now it's going to be home to the fastest broadband service for both residential and business customers in the entire United States. It's all thanks to Alcatel-Lucent, which today announced its 1 Gigabit service is now available citywide in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
"Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband," said Tom Edd Wilson, President and CEO of The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today's innovations and tomorrow's companies."
The 1Gpbs service is 10 times faster and 10 years ahead of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, which calls for 100Mbps (how quaint) speeds for 260 million homes by 2020. It's also 200 times faster than the current national download speed average.
Speeds this fast don't come cheap, however. Pricing starts at $350/month for the new 1Gbps speed tier, with discounted options available for TV and/or phone service bundles.
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