In 2010, EPB Power and Fiber Optics surprised the nation by becoming the first provider in the U.S. to launch Gig speed internet (1,000 Mbps) and make it accessible to every home and business in Chattanooga and surrounding areas utilizing a community-wide fiber optics network.
EPB followed up by using its ultra-high speed broadband network to better serve our customers and community by deploying the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In the process, EPB became the first major power distribution utility to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.
Since then, EPB has managed its smart grid to optimize service to its customers by reducing power outages by about 55% -- saving customers about $55 million each year by avoiding productivity losses, spoilage, etc. EPB also serves as a primary partner for the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in field testing new technologies and developing best practices for other communities that deploy smart grid infrastructure.
In addition, EPB continues to innovate in delivering Fiber Optics solutions for the community. In 2015, EPB became the first (and to date) only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power, Fi Speed Internet, Fi TV, and Fi Phone services in pursuit of its mission, which is to promote economic development and enhance quality of life for its customers. Today EPB, serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses across a 600-Square mile area that includes Chattanooga, most of Hamilton County, and parts of the surrounding counties in both Tennessee and Georgia.