Last fall, EPB officials boasted that Chattanooga surpassed other communities on the information super highway when it boosted EPB Fiber speeds to 10 gigabits per second. The Chattanooga utility billed its Internet speed across the city as the fastest in the world.
But not for long.
The cable TV giant Comcast announced this week it will spend millions of dollars to build a 10 Gig network in Huntsville, Ala., among other cities. The fiber-based Ethernet network will provide businesses and government organizations with highly scalable and ultra-fast Internet connectivity and cloud-based voice solutions.
"As Huntsville continues to grow and develop a vibrant, high-tech community, Comcast recognized the need to make this important technology investment," said Doug Guthrie, regional senior vice president for Comcast. "This effort will enable businesses to expand their operations, and reinforces Huntsville as a destination of choice for organizations requiring the most advanced technology available."
Last year, Huntsville solicited super fast Internet providers to the self-described Rocket city and received 13 proposals.
"Comcast's announcement is the latest in a series of wins for Huntsville's residents and businesses to receive high speed internet," Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said this week.
Updated Jan. 12 at 11 p.m.