EPB has a long history of refusing to sell to companies that actually will come close to using the "gig". My company has been trying for over 2 years now to buy service from EPB. They are actually keeping competition out of the city by refusing access to the public network, built with public dollars. Here is a blog that writes about municipal networks. http://bureaucalypse.org/
This is what happens when Government is in charge; vast amounts of money are wasted building a network that no one yet needs nor has a demand for.
Chattanooga has spent the citizen's money on bleeding edge technology before there was a demand - guaranteeing that they have also spent many times the amount that will be spent by competing entities in the future. So, a small advantage now (that no one can yet use) will lead to a competitive disadvantage for decades to come as competing networks are built for pennies on the dollar.
Remember your first computer? It was "state of the art", "world class", it was better than all of your friends older computers. It was amazing technology. What is it worth today?
I hope Chattanooga realizes that being 'cutting edge' and 10 years ahead of the game is actually an incredible waste of money. 10 years from now when others are building these networks they will do so for pennies on the dollar that EPB is throwing away for capacity that is rarely demanded today.
This isn't a matter of concern for what people watch on TV - it is a matter of using taxpayers to fund the distribution of porn. EPB is taxpayer subsidized. This is the same reason that Federal Funding of Abortion is against the law.
Nobody is trying to censor what is on your TV. What they ARE trying to do is see to it that TAX money isn't funding porn.
If EPB wants to sell porn they need to be spun off and made into a private business and cut all ties to taxpayer funding by returning the $250,000,000 municipal bond issue and their recent $111,000,000 federal taxpayer grant, file as a private enterprise and raise their funds in the private sector.
Citizens of Chattanooga; please recall that this thing is funded with a $250,000,000 bond issue. You will all be paying more in taxes and or electric rates for decades and the price and service is about par to comcast. AT&T Uverse will also be coming to town to add to the fray. Too bad that you can't opt out of the debt service on that muni bond!
I wish you folks in Chattanooga would get a clue. EPB is using you to finance a 219 million dollar expansion. You are going to pay for it whether you use it or not with increased power rates and taxes. There is no way they can be competitive without subsidizing the effort.
Comcast, AT&T and others are already in your market offering the same services at very attractive rates; making EPB's efforts to offer a self-sustaining business model impossible. Their assertions to the contrary are based on fantasy.