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Type Public utility
Industry Electricity
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]

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.[3] 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.

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]

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.[4]

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  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. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ States, stand down! Let community broadband innovate, Gigaom, 27 July 2014, Craig Settles

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