published Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Business Briefs: Gig available to 9 % of state

Gig available to 9 % of state

A study released Wednesday shows 8.8 percent of Tennesseans have access to gigabit Internet speed, which is 100 times faster than today's average residential broadband Internet.

Led by EPB, Chattanooga became America's first Gig city three years ago. Gigabit service has been added since in parts of Bristol, Clarksville, Morristown and Tullahoma. Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower are also exploring ultra-high-speed broadband network buildouts in Nashville and neighboring Middle Tennessee communities.

"Tennessee's position as a national leader for residential access to the world's fastest Internet speeds is a key competitive advantage in today's information economy," Connected Tennessee Executive Director Corey Johns said during the Southland Conference Wednesday in Nashville.

TVA reviews power plans

The Tennessee Valley Authority will hold a public meeting and webinar next Wednesday in Knoxville to review progress and preview next steps in updating the Integrated Resource Plan that will guide power plans by the federal utility over the next two decades.

The study updates TVA's previous long-range power plan, which was updated in 2011. The meeting will be held at the West Tower of TVA headquarters in Knoxville, starting at 7 p.m.

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