In “Unplugged,” I reported that the city of Chattanooga was planning to piggy-back a municipally owned fiber optic cable network on its public electrical utility. As the Washington Post reported the other day, it’s going very well, thank you.
The city now operates some 8,000 miles of fiber for 56,000 commercial and residential internet customers. Since it was lighted up, the city has increased its mid-tier speeds three times — from 15 Mbps to 30 Mbps, from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps and mostly recently from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. The upgrades are free, and 1-gig service will begin rolling out by fall.
Just goes to show what a city can do when . . . oh, never mind.