EPB speeds fiber optic service

EPB is increasing the rollout schedule and speed of its broadband services to create the nation's biggest and fastest municipal video and Internet service.

The city-owned utility announced Thursday that it will complete its fiber-optic connections to all of Chattanooga, East Ridge and Red Bank by the end of the month and extend its new video, Internet and phone system to all 145,000 of its residential electric customers by the end of the year.

EPB President Harold DePriest said the rollout is two years faster than originally planned and EPB is preparing by the end of the month to offer residential Internet service with speeds up to 150 megabits per second.

"Because we have built a network that takes the fiber optic all the way to the home, we have an incredible bandwidth available to us," he said.