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 Chattanooga and deferred his decision to allow both parties a limited period of time to present additional evidence on this single point.
According to Katie King, senior counsel for EPB, "It is clear the Court studied the issues very carefully, and we look forward to providing Judge Hollingsworth the information he has requested to make his final decision."
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.