Financial Times has a video about Chattanooga and its high-speed Internet.
"Chattanooga is the only city in the United States that offers 1-gigabit Internet access for every residential and business customer," reporter Christopher Booker said in the video.
The report includes an interview with EPB CEO Harold DePriest, who talked about the fiber optics system and about the smart grid that minimizes power outages.
"The irony of Chattanooga's Internet-fueled revival is that, now, the city exists as an island, surrounded by a sea of slow network connections. And while innovations are happening at a breakneck pace, it's unclear when they can be scaled up and taken beyond the city's borders."
Founder of The Company Lab Sheldon Grizzle is also featured. He talks about how the high-speed Internet is drawing business to the city.
"Over the last three years, there's been $16 million that's gone into the local entrepreneurial community just from angel investors," Grizzle said. "And for Chattanooga, that's huge."
Last week, EPB leaders announced that—to commemorate fiber optics' fourth birthday—they are giving residential customers access to higher-speed Internet for no extra charge.
By Oct. 1, EPB will no longer have Internet speeds lower than 100 megabits per second. Click here to read the details of the upgrade announcement.
Officials said that all business customers will be upgraded to at least 100 mbps and can choose from other offerings up to a gig.
But the pricing will vary depending on how much bandwidth the business uses, EPB spokesman John Pless said.
Last year, there was controversy about how much the gig costs for some small businesses that use Internet.
Entrepreneur Bogdana Rakova, chief technology officer for a new local business called HutGrip, spoke on the video about moving her company, HutGrip, to Chattanooga from Bulgaria. The high-speed Internet infrastructure has been important for her company, she said.
HutGrip is cloud-based software that monitors manufacturing processes, so leaders manage their processes and predict and prevent equipment failures.
The video also touches on the benefits of public-private relationships, which leaders said have helped Chattanooga's development.
Click here to see the video.
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