Unless you stick to nickjr.com or your ISP's content portal, the Internet can be a little rough around the edges. It is the fertile birthplace of classics like goatse.cx, furries and "Two Girls One Cup," after all. (If you don't know what those are, count yourself lucky and DO NOT Google them.) Now, thanks to the jackass lawmakers in Tennessee who already made it a crime to use your mom's Netflix account, anybody who posts an image on the Internet that's likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" can be criminally prosecuted.
Log on to your Mom's Netflix account, get thrown in jail. Sounds silly, right? Not if you live in Tennessee. State lawmakers just passed a bill that makes it illegal to use somebody else's login for a paid Internet service like Netflix or Rhapsody. Did your computer automatically sign in to your buddy's premium Pandora account because he was screwing around on your PC earlier? You just crossed The Man! Say hello to Big Bubba for us.
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.
How much would you be willing to pay for 1Gpbs service? Hit the jump and sound off!