Gig City gains global acclaim with its high-speed Internet

BBC Global Business report says Chattanooga 'is pioneering everyone's future'

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 5/22/16. Competitors wait for sunrise to begin the 2016 Sunbelt Bakery Ironman 70.3 event in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, May 22.

One of the world's biggest radio networks highlighted Chattanooga over the weekend as a city that "is pioneering everyone's future."

In a 27-minute broadcast billed as "Chattanooga - the High Speed City," the BBC's Global Business report said Chattanooga's high-speed, citywide Internet service has helped turn around an aging and dirty industrial town into a high-tech magnet for businesses from around the globe. BBC journalist Peter Day visited Chattanooga and aired interviews with a half dozen business and community leaders during the global broadcast, which first aired in London on Sunday.

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"All over the world, the Internet has unleashed an extraordinary appetite for using data, which can only be satisfied with more and more bandwidth and faster and faster connectivity," Day said.