There’s a city in the United States that’s offering its residents 10 Gbps internet connections, the kind of connection that would make Google Fiber seem outdated, even though Fiber is offering speeds that many haven’t yet experienced in select cities across the country. Chattanooga Electric Power Board, a city-owned power utility, has announced that residents can now get 10 Gbps internet connections, the speed is over 1,000 times faster than the average internet connection in the U.S.
Chattanooga is one of the first cities in the country that decided to go around commercial ISPs and offer city-run high-speed internet connections. It entered this arena back in 2008, around five years before Google Fiber was even announced and launched its operations first in Kansas City.
It does come at a price though, businesses or individuals can opt for this very high-speed internet connection as long as they’re willing to pay $299 per month for the privilege. Cheaper options are available though, residents can opt for 3 or 5 Gbps connections in addition to the existing 1 Gbps service.
Earlier this year Comcast announced that it would bring 2 Gbps internet to Chattanooga but it will charge $300 per month for the service, at the same price residents can get a connection five times faster from the city-run utility. It’s a no brainer.