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 more than 1,500 Wi-Fi access points serving all UTC buildings and facilities, and meets the growing demands for Internet access by students, faculty and staff.
“We’re experiencing tremendous growth in the number of wireless devices being used on campus,” said UTC chief information officer Tom Hoover. “On average, each student has at least four bandwidth-hungry devices including smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, television streaming devices and multi-media gaming consoles.”
Prior to the recent completion of 10 gigabit Internet service, EPB was already serving the growing university with 2 gigabit campus-wide connectivity. By the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, bandwidth demand on the UTC campus had exceeded 2-gigabits.
“EPB is proud to work with UTC to provide their students and staffs with cutting edge technology that they need to remain competitive,” said EPB president David Wade. “Meeting our community’s educational needs is critical to maintain and enhance Chattanooga’s economic growth and quality of life.”
UTC becomes Chattanooga’s first 10 gigabit commercial customer, and is among a very small group of U.S. colleges and universities with this high level of service. The 10 gigabit network is scalable with the ability to add connection points across campus as needed. UTC is already planning to fully upgrade Wi-Fi service in all of its residence halls this summer. The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester, offering students unprecedented access to Chattanooga’s gigabit network.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves nearly 180,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. 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.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.