EPB to Tennesseans: Your Voice is Path to Broadband Deployment

Chattanooga, TN (August 16, 2016) – While more than 800,000 Tennesseans currently cope without access to broadband connectivity (at least 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload), EPB encourages Tennessee neighbors to remain optimistic and make their voices heard about the future state of internet availability for all. Despite the Sixth Circuit Court …

Harold DePriest Announces Retirement from EPB

Chattanooga, TN (July 29, 2016) – After serving the Chattanooga area and EPB as the public utility’s top leader since 1996, Harold DePriest announced his retirement to the company’s Board of Directors effective September 1. According to EPB Board Chairman Joe Ferguson, DePriest has played a pivotal role for both EPB …

J.D. Power Consumer Study Gives EPB Highest Score in Region

Chattanooga, TN (July 29, 2016) – J.D. Power, a leading global consumer and marketing research organization, announced that EPB received the highest overall scores from customers for midsized utilities in the southern U.S region.  EPB’s overall customer satisfaction index of 737 exceeded the south region’s midsize utility segment average of 687. The J.D. …

EPB Encourages Customers to Participate in Environmentally-Friendly Services

Chattanooga, TN (April 28, 2016) – As EPB continues its year-round partnership with the community to practice environmental stewardship, Chattanooga’s publicly-owned provider of energy and fiber optic communications is encouraging customers to participate in value-added environmental services. By promoting awareness of these community assets, customers can engage in ongoing environmental efforts …

EPB requests proposals from contractors for Solar Share construction

Chattanooga, TN (April 15, 2016) EPB announced that it is advancing its Solar Share pilot project by seeking proposals from qualified contractors for the labor and materials needed to build the first of two community solar power generation facilities. First announced on September 18, 2015, Solar Share was created through a partnership …

EPB Recognized as Top Performer in TVA Energy Efficiency Programs

Chattanooga, TN (April 4, 2016) EPB received special recognition as a Top Performer from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for helping the agency exceed energy efficiency and demand response goals for the eighth straight year through the EnergyRight Solutions program.    “TVA is proud to recognize EPB because their leadership role in …

EPB Providing UTC Campus 10 gigabit Internet Access

Chattanooga, TN (March 24, 2016) – EPB, Chattanooga’s publicly owned provider of electric power and next-generation fiber optic communications, has partnered with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) to provide 10 gigabit Internet connectivity throughout the entire campus. The 10 gigabit service is available through 18,000 wired Ethernet ports and …

EPB Board Taps David Wade as President

Chattanooga, TN (February 19, 2016) – EPB’s Board of Directors has tapped David Wade, the municipal utility’s chief operating officer, to serve as president of EPB. Harold DePriest will continue as CEO. According to EPB Board Chairman Joe Ferguson, the move strengthens the EPB leadership team at a critical time. “David Wade …

Chattanooga’s Smart Grid Receives PEER Certification for Performance, Efficiency and Customer Value

Chattanooga, TN (January 12, 2016) – Chattanooga’s Smart Grid, operated by EPB, has become the first major power distribution system to earn Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification. Owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), PEER is a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall …

EPB Warns of Telephone and Door-to-Door Scams

Chattanooga, TN (October 28, 2015) – EPB is reminding the community to be aware of ongoing scams involving people impersonating EPB employees and their contractors. People continue to be targeted by telephone scams from callers posing as EPB employees or collection agents who inform them that their electric service will be …

Chattanooga Doctor Becomes First 10 Gig Residential Customer in the World

Chattanooga, TN (October 23, 2015) – Dr. Jim Busch, a radiologist and entrepreneur in Chattanooga, has become the first person in the world to have a 10 gigabit-per-second (10 Gig) residential Internet connection installed in his home. Dr. Busch, who is president of Diagnostic Radiology Consultants (DRC), has a frequent …

Chattanooga Implements World’s First Community-wide 10 Gigabit Internet Service

Chattanooga, TN (October 15, 2015) – Chattanooga, known as “Gig City” for being the first in the United States to build a community-wide fiber optic network capable of delivering 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Internet speeds, announced today that municipal utility EPB Fiber Optics is now offering the world’s first 10 …

Professor Gig-A-Watt Leads New Era for EPB’s Play It Safe School Program

Chattanooga, TN (September 30, 2015) – Battle Academy’s third grade class, along with teachers, Superintendent Rick Smith and EPB, formally introduced Professor Gig-A-Watt to the community as a new era begins for the utility’s long-standing Play it Safe program in Hamilton County schools. Kelvin Boyd, aka Professor Gig-A-Watt, assumed the role …

EPB and TVA to Launch Solar Share

Chattanooga, TN (September 18, 2015) EPB is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority to launch Solar Share, a pilot program to construct 1.35 Megawatts of community-based solar power generation capacity. This groundbreaking initiative will be EPB’s first power generation project.  “Our community is already benefiting from having the most advanced Smart …

Economic Study Affirms Value of EPB Fiber Optics Network

Chattanooga, TN (September 15, 2015) – As EPB Fiber Optics celebrates its sixth birthday by serving 75,725 homes and businesses, an independent study shows the city-owned utility’s fiber optic infrastructure has generated $865.3-million to $1.3-billion in economic and social benefits while creating between 2,800 and 5,200 new jobs. The study by University …

EPB Payments to Local Governments Have Increased by 49% Since Smart Grid Deployment

Chattanooga, TN (September 1, 2015) – EPB has made this year's in lieu of tax payments totaling $19,175,457 to the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and 15 other local governments. This year's payments represent an increase of 49% since construction of the community’s fiber optic smart grid began in 2008.   Unlike other …

Enrollment Underway for EPB NetBridge Student Discount Program

Chattanooga, TN (August 10, 2015) – EPB and its partners announced they have launched the enrollment process for the NetBridge Student Discount Program, which enables access to discounted high-speed broadband for qualified households with children in Hamilton County’s Free and Reduced Meals Program. The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) will …

EPB Board Approves Electric Rate Increase

Chattanooga, TN (June 26, 2015) – EPB’s Board of Directors has approved a 3.5% increase in electric power rates effective July 1 to cover increases in operating costs to deliver electric power. The new rates apply to EPB’s residential, commercial and smaller industrial customers. This adjustment will help offset the rising costs …

EPB Fiber Optics Urges Caution with Pop-Up Messages

Chattanooga, TN (June 22, 2015) – EPB Fiber Optics is urging its Internet subscribers to be cautious about engaging with on screen pop-up messages, after some customers received a survey made to look as if it had been sent by EPB. EPB Fiber Optics is not distributing this pop-up survey, which …

EPB Asks Board for Electric Rate Increase

Chattanooga, TN (May 22, 2015) – EPB has asked its Board of Directors to consider a 3.5% increase to monthly electric power charges for customers, effective July 1, 2015. The Board is scheduled to vote on the measure in June. This is EPB’s first rate increase since 2011 because revenues from …

EPB Congratulates Black History Month Contest Winners

Chattanooga, TN (April 24, 2015) – EPB congratulated eight Hamilton County students who won the company’s 11th Annual Black History Month Contest after submitting original poetry about inspirational African Americans. This year’s annual Black History Month contest theme was inspired by the late Maya Angelou and her contributions to literature and …

EPB Deploys Heavy Vehicle Hybrid Technology

Chattanooga, TN (April 8, 2015) – EPB is rolling out a pilot program to test hybrid vehicle technology with the goal of reducing pollution and operational costs related to some of its heaviest trucks. The three plug-in hybrid electric bucket trucks use a diesel chassis, but unlike conventional trucks, the new …

Tennessee Broadband Expansion Bill on Hold Until Next Year

Nashville, TN (March 31, 2015) – Advocates for broadband expansion in Tennessee announced that efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks are being placed on hold for at least a year because there is not enough support among state lawmakers to change a state regulation that prevents the expansion of …

FCC Approves EPB’s Petition for Tennessee Expansion

Chattanooga, TN. (February 26, 2015) – Today the FCC cleared a path for EPB to bring high-speed broadband services to Tennesseans in areas around EPB’s electric service area who currently have little or no access to broadband service. Commissioners approved EPB’s petition asking the FCC to remove a state restriction that …

FCC Approves EPB’s Petition for Tennessee Expansion

Chattanooga, TN. (February 26, 2015) – Today the FCC cleared a path for EPB to bring high-speed broadband services to Tennesseans in areas around EPB’s electric service area who currently have little or no access to broadband service...

STEM Students Inspire Themes For EPB Holiday Windows

Chattanooga, TN (November 24, 2014) – The imagination and talents of Hamilton County STEM School students will be on display when EPB reveals its downtown holiday windows on Thanksgiving eve. This year’s theme, “Holiday Showcase: bringing it to life,” was inspired by some friendly competition between four STEM School teams. They …

EPB Fiber Optics Offers Television Customers Free Holiday Entertainment

Chattanooga, TN (November 21, 2014) - For the third year in a row, EPB Fiber Optics is thanking its Fi TV Gold customers for their business by offering three special television promotions during the week of Thanksgiving. First, customers who don’t already subscribe to the provider’s high definition service can enjoy it …

STEM Students Inspire Themes For EPB Holiday Windows

Chattanooga, TN (November 24, 2014) – The imagination and talents of Hamilton County STEM School students will be on display when EPB reveals its downtown holiday windows on Thanksgiving eve. This year’s theme, “Holiday Showcase: bringing it to life,” was inspired by some friendly competition between four STEM School teams. They …

Judge Narrows Lawsuit To One Issue

Chattanooga, TN (November 6, 2014) - This morning Judge Jeff Hollingsworth considered a request from EPB to dismiss Don Lepard's lawsuit related to Chattanooga's street lights. After hearing the arguments, Judge Hollingsworth ruled that the central issue in the lawsuit is whether EPB is a part of the City of …

EPB Fiber Optics Notifies Customers of Fi TV Changes

Chattanooga, TN (October 27, 2014) – EPB Fiber Optics is notifying its customers of a price adjustment on monthly residential television bills that will take effect in January 2015 and will range from an additional $2 to $9. Internet and phone prices remain the same. “Because we’re committed to providing customers …