Sunday, May 4, 2014

One Very Good Reason to Move to Chattanooga - 1Gbps Internet To My House

So, we are safely ensconced in our new house in Chattanooga - it's all over except for the unpacking. Posting will probably continue to be sparse while we finish the unpacking and settling in, and then I hope to get back into a more regular blogging rhythm.

But, I wanted to share a quick thought with you. Aside from being closer to family (which was the primary reason we moved to Chattanooga), here is another very good reason to move to Chattanooga - these are the internet speeds TO MY HOUSE:

That's just shy of 100x faster than the Comcast connection I had in DC (download speed only; the upload speed is about 300x faster). Granted, FiOS had just launched in our DC neighborhood 2 months prior to us moving out, which would have been a big improvement over Comcast - with FiOS, I could have gotten 500Mbps down / 100Mbps up ... for $305/month. Here, I get 1Gbps down / 1Gbps up for $70/month.



  1. That's unexpected. I bet there's an interesting story behind that company.

    1. Joe: Actually, it's just the public electric company. Back in the mid-2000s, they upgraded their internal network to fiber optics to improve reliability, and they decided to offer the same fiber internet connection to every single building they service with electricity. So, every building in the greater Chattanooga can get gigabit internet service - and for homes, it's only $70/month. I'm thrilled, to say the least :D

      -The Angry Bureaucrat

    2. If a local power company can profitably compete with the local telephone company to provide internet access, that's extremely interesting to me. My electric guys have a very annoying easement across my field, and the telco is a bunch of penny-ante chiselers. This might be worth looking into. Tx!

    3. Joe: Well, it depends on how the power company defines "profitable." I know that EPB (my power company) raised a bit over $200 million in a bond sale and received an additional $100 million federal grant to do the fiber build-out in the greater Chattanooga area - that was the cost to probably 300,000 buildings or so, so about $1,000 per building. I mean, if I had to, I'd be willing to pay a $1,000 one-time hookup fee to get gigabit internet to my house, but perhaps I'm in the minority there.

      But, I do think that EPB recently said that their internet service had turned profitable - which I assume means that their revenues now cover more than their operating expenses and interest on their bond sale.

      Anyway, good luck with you trying to improve your own internet service ;)

      -The Angry Bureaucrat

    4. You have time to find a good school for your child. AC2usn

    5. Anonymous: The problem is that I'm not sure there are middle and high schools good enough in Chattanooga to make us stay for good - not when we can just move to Vermont or Massachusetts without me having to change jobs and be in some of the absolutely best school districts in the country.

      -The Angry Bureaucrat


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