EPB

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EPB
Type Public utility
Industry Electricity
Telecommunications
Predecessors Chattanooga Electric Power Board
Founded 1935
Headquarters Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Area served Southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga, North Georgia
Key people Harold DePriest, CEO
Services Electricity, Internet, Telecommunications, Cable TV services
Website http://www.epb.net/

EPB, formally the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, is an electricity distribution and telecommunications company owned by the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1] In 2010 EPB was the first company in the United States to offer one Gbit/s high speed internet over 200 times faster than the national average.[2]

News From EPB[edit]

EPB had been in the news a lot recently some about over billing some are about the streetlights. Man oclaims that EPB overcharged East Ridge $87000. And Red Bank $304,000 in the last 20 years. This lawsuit was from Lepard and him his self, not through his company. Company is not concerned since the cities have not contacted them personally about the suit. He asked for "$4.8 million in penalties for False Claims Act violations and $1.23 million in treble damages".[3] Lepard says that EPB had been reclassifying lights so that way they would cost more to the city. Almost the same as a False Claims Act in Chattanogga for more that $10 million.

Expansions[edit]

EPB is also trying to get it's gigabit internet in the Chattanoga Airport. They set up a demonstration area in the former gift shop. Just recently added it to Miller Plaza by River City Co.[4] EPB is also one of the largest providers of electric power in the US.[5] EPB has chosen Aimetis Corp to be their security systems and to optimize their operation efficiency. This is because of Aimetis's "robust video analytics and the open architecture system."[5] EPB has petitioned the FCC to allow them to deliver internet to communities outside of the 600 square mile area that they service. 19 states in the US have laws the make it difficult or impossible for utility companies to deliver internet outside of the area that they service.[6]

Availability[edit]

When EPB first turned on the fiber-optic network for internet people were getting up to ten times the speed they were used to. Even the people with the lower priced internet speeds saw almost double the speed they were used to. They have reached up to 10 Gigabytes per second. This fiber-optic network that Chattanooga now runs on is basically sending pulses of light instead of electric current through wires. The only other company that is starting to do this technology is Google Fiber, which is slowly gaining cities it is in. Using this technology is much cheaper too since the price of internet went down almost $300 per month when they started using the optic-fiber.[7] In 2010, EPB introduced enQuesta 4 to their arsenal of security tools.[8]

History[edit]

In 1935, Chattanooga established EPB as a nonprofit agency to provide electric power to the Greater Chattanooga area. Today, EPB remains one of the largest publicly owned electric power distributors in the country.[9] EPB serves more than 169,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square-mile (1,600 km2) area that includes greater Chattanooga and Hamilton County, portions of surrounding Southeastern Tennessee counties, and areas of north Georgia.

Smart Grid[edit]

Using a 100% fiber-optic communication network as its backbone, EPB has created a Smart Grid. The grid is a next-generation electric system that includes communication capabilities designed to reduce the impact of power outages, improve response time, and allow customers greater control of their electric power usage. This same fiber optic backbone allows EPB to offer high-speed Internet, TV, and phone service to business and residential customers in the service area.[1] In September 2010, EPB became the first company in the United States to offer one gigabit-per-second Internet speed, a critical component of next generation technology innovation and economic development, to more than 165,000 homes and businesses. This exclusive capability has attracted worldwide attention and earned Chattanooga the nickname "Gig City."[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Boyle, Rebecca (2010-09-13). "Country's Fastest Broadband Internet Will Soon Chug Along in Chattanooga". Popular Science (Bonnier Corporation Company.). Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b Lohr, Erik (2010-09-12). "Fastest Net Service in U.S. Coming to Chattanooga". New York Times (New York Times). Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ellis (September 24, 2014). "UPDATED: Second whistleblower lawsuit filed against EPB". Times Free Press. 
  4. ^ Pare, Mike (September 16, 2014). "EPB gigabit service coming to Chattanooga Airport". Times Free Press. 
  5. ^ a b "Aimetis Corp secures Electronic Power Board of Chattanooga, Tennessee". Nov 26, 2012. Retrieved Oct 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ States, stand down! Let community broadband innovate, Gigaom, 27 July 2014, Craig Settles
  7. ^ Fung, Brian (September 17, 2013). "Chattanooga gets super-fast Internet". Infotrac Newsstand. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chattanooga's Electric Power Board (EPB) Goes Live with enQuesta 4". Nov 29, 2010. Retrieved Oct 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Twenty Largest U.S. Publicly Owned Electric Utilities Ranked by Purchase Power Expenses for All Respondents, 2000". Department of Energy. Department of Energy. 2000-06-30. 

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