Scenes from a shoving-Johnny Paycheck costs Johnson his paycheck (Wall Street Journal – Best of the Web Today) August 2, 2013

President Obama gave a speech about jobs in Chattanooga, Tenn., this week, and left a job opening in his wake–though he couldn’t save the job of the man who formerly held the position. Drew Johnson is now using Twitter to advertise his availability: “I need a job.Resume: Columnist & opinion pg editor, founded thriving free market think tank, exposed Al Gore’s home electricity consumption.”

Obama touts innovation as Chattanooga broadband boosts HIE (Government Health IT) July 31, 2013

President Obama visited Chattanooga, TN Tuesday, as part of his effort to stoke interest in emerging jobs and industries, and the public resources that can support them, like Chattanooga’s broadband network.

Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough (Times Free Press) July 30, 2013

Even though 64 percent of Chattanooga respondents said they would rather you hadn’t chosen to visit our fair city, according to a survey on the Times Free Press website, it’s probably good that you’re here. It will give you an opportunity to see the failure of your most comprehensive jobs plan to date, the disastrous stimulus scheme, up close and personal.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped fund the Gig to Nowhere project, a $552 million socialist-style experiment in government-owned Internet, cable and phone services orchestrated by EPB – Chattanooga’s government-owned electric monopoly.

Chattanooga newspaper’s welcome to Obama: ‘Take your jobs plan and shove it” (Atlanta Journal Constitution) July 30, 2013

Not all are enthused, and some in Tennessee are downright hostile. Here’s the rude headline over the institutional opinion offered by the Chattanooga Times Free Press

TV everywhere in Tullahoma, TN (Community Broadband Networks) July 27, 2013

Tullahoma’s network, LighTUBe, continues to bring new services to residents and business customers, including smart metering and gig service. LighTUBe has increased Internet speeds without raising rates five times since 2008. Now, LighTUBe offers ‘TV Everywhere’ to subscribers.

What Chattanooga has that New York doesn’t (Commercial Observer) July 17, 2013

In 2011, Google revealed that Kansas City, Kansas, would be the first city to receive the service. It’s now clear that another 12 cities in Kansas and Missouri are coming next, according to the Google Fiber website.

Tullahoma tells us why they built a network (Community Broadband Networks) July 9, 2013

For our 54th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we are back in Tennessee to interview Brian Skelton, General Manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Board. They built the network in 2008 and have weathered the tough economy, meeting the business plan while greatly benefiting the community.

GON costing Chattanoogan’s millions for overpriced network (Coalition for the New Economy) June 27, 2013

The Beacon Center of Tennessee just released its 2013 Tennessee Pork Report. The Center has been one of the chief critics of Chattanooga’s nearly-half-billion-dollar, government-owned broadband network (GON) and this year the organization that runs that GON, the city’s Electric Power Board, gets an entry in the pork report.

Chattanooga with slow internet? (WRCB TN) May 10, 2013

“IronMan 3” gave Chattanooga a spot in the limelight with the movie’s recent release, but it’s not all positive.

TechNewsDaily reports that officials have a bone to pick with the movie, where the primary character Tony Stark (played by actor Robert Downey Jr.) is plagued with a slow network connection.

Taxpayers shell out millions for super-fast internet in Tullahoma with no customers (Watchdog) May 10, 2013

Tullahoma, a city of only 18,000 residents, has invested $17 million of taxpayer money in ultra-high-speed Internet in hopes of attracting business to the small Tennessee town.

Clarksville Dept of Electricity get smarter grid (Leaf Chronicle) May 5, 2013

These improvements are part of the deal the city’s taxpayers bought into back in 2006 when they voted to allow CDE to build a fiber-optic network and get into the broadband business. The upfront costs – about $76 million in city-backed bonds, before interest – were large but, in addition to bringing the next generation of high-speed Internet, the city also got a smarter electric grid.

Tullahoma latest inductee to 1 gig club (Community Broadband Networks) May 2, 2013

In 2008, the Tullahoma Utilities Board in Tennessee, created LighTUBe. In addition to attracting employers, the FTTH network connects residents and provides smart meter capability. The network now offers 1 gig service to business and residential customers.

Tullahoma, TN to offer 1 gigabit internet starting May 1 (APPA) April 29, 2013

Tullahoma, Tenn. will soon be one of only a few U.S. municipalities that can be called a “gigabit city.”

The Tullahoma Utilities Board, a public power utility that provides electricity, water, wastewater, Internet, telephone and cable television services in Tullahoma, said it will begin offering one-gigabit-per-second Internet service to its customers on May 1.

AT&T launches 4G LTE in Kingsport, Bristol, Sullivan County (Kinsport Times-News) April 5, 2013

AT&T officially launched its 4G LTE wireless network in Kingsport and Bristol in Sullivan County Friday. The network service area now covers the entire Tri-Cities.

Cable wants lower rate (TriCities) April 1, 2013

Bristol Tennessee Essential Services and other municipal and cooperative electric providers in the state are looking for a compromise with cable companies on a usage fee, but the Tennessee General Assembly does not appear to be close to a solution.

Gig City Dreams: Chattanooga leads the way with municipal broadband (State Tech Magazine) March 28, 2013

If asked to name the U.S. city that provides residents and businesses with the fastest municipal broadband, most people probably wouldn’t put Chattanooga, Tenn., at the top of the list. But according to a new map from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Chattanooga’s network offers faster connection speeds than any of the 341 other communities around the country with similar publicly owned fiber-optic or cable networks.

Tennessee co-ops in pole attachment tiff (Electric Co-op Today) March 15, 2013

Electric cooperatives in Tennessee are pushing for legislation aimed at resolving the hot-button issue of utility pole attachments and ensuring their members don’t wind up subsidizing million of dollars for cable companies.

Tennessee’s powerful utilities on quest to raise cable rates (Watchdog) March 13, 2013

The average Tennessean likely will pay more money for their cable and Internet bills if Tennessee’s powerful public utilities have their way in the Legislature.

Public utility representatives aren’t offering specifics to defend themselves against this statement, but Corum Webb, president of Tennessee’s Cable Telecommunications Association, says that it’s gospel.

If Comcast gets special deal, electric bills will take a hit (The Tennesseean-Guest Opinion) March 8, 2013

Cable giant Comcast, which closed out 2012 with a whopping $62 billion in revenue, more than 63 percent of which came out of the pockets of cable and Internet subscribers, now wants a $13 million subsidy from Tennesseans.

Tennessee legislature seeks to raise taxes on private broadband providers (Coalition for the New Economy) February 27, 2013

The state with one of the nation’s largest and most-costly government-owned networks could soon be the state that also imposes some of the nation’s highest fees on private broadband providers.
Coincidence? Doubtful.

Morristown explains why it built a fiber network for itself (Community Broadband Networks) February 26, 2013

Morristown, Tennessee, is one of very few communities where anyone in town can immediately get a gigabit delivered to their home and business. General Manager and CEO Jody Wigington of the municipal electric utility, Morristown Utility Systems, joins me to discuss why they built their network and how it is has benefited the community.

Chattanooga’s network on Knoxville News (Community Broadband Networks) February 24, 2013

We recently came across a news report from Knoxville’s WBIR. The video touches on how the city has gone from a town that used to rely on the choo-choo to a metropolitan wonder that flies over fiber optic cables. Walter Cronkite called Chattanooga the “dirtiest city in America” but the network is transforming it into a technology capitol. Reporter Eleanor Beck focuses on the network’s many customers and how they use their connections. Among those customers are an increasing number of businesses who seek the 1 gig service.

Connected Tennessee to host first state broadband summit (Chattanoogan) February 18, 2013

The Connected Tennessee State Broadband Summit will assemble Tennessee leaders in business, state and local government, education, healthcare, and more to learn about broadband best practices in the state, discuss strategies to address remaining barriers to broadband access, adoption, and use, and to network with other leaders across the state working to bridge the digital divide.

PSC’s Brandon Presley to assess broadband gaps in DeSoto (The Commercial Appeal) January 13, 2013

DeSoto County and city officials want Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley to plug into citizen concerns on broadband deficiencies at a series of meetings the Northern District official has slated across the county on Monday.

Many Tennesseans can’t, or don’t, access broadband (Nashville Public Radio) December 26, 2012

One hundred thousand Tennessee homes lack easy access to high-speed Internet, mostly in rural areas. And many of those who could get on the web don’t bother.

Alcatel-Lucent completes 1-Gbps broadband network in Bristol (Lightwave) November 20, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it has helped provide fiber-based 1-Gbps broadband service to all 33,000 residential and business electric customers of Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES).

Another municipal broadband network goes for the 1 gig crown (Tele Competitor) November 20, 2012

Chattanooga based EPB Fiber was one of the first (if not the first) broadband carriers in the U.S to offer a 1 Gbps FTTP network, well ahead of Google, which is trying to do the same in Kansas City. You can now add Bristol, Tennessee to the 1 Gpbs FTTP-capable club. Both Bristol and EPB are municipal owned broadband networks, and they both highlight the momentum of the municipal broadband movement in the U.S.

Calling all geeks: Chattanooga pays techies to relocate (Yahoo! Finance) October 4, 2012

Chattanooga — also known as Gig City — recently announced Geek Move, an incentive that doubles as an emigrant program for the technologically savvy. It is meant to help one of Tennessee’s largest and most economically diverse cities flourish into even more of a tech haven.

Chattanooga fiber network reduces cost of electricity to all customers (Community Broadband Networks) October 8, 2012

The Chattanooga Gig continues to benefit the community. We have coveredsome of the jobs that it has created, how it has lowered City expenditures and improved street lighting, and the recently announced speed increase without hiking rates. Now, EPB can also boast about how the network has significantly cut power costs.

Millions remain without broadband access (The Commercial Appeal) October 7, 2012

Kourtney Hollingsworth, regional broadband coordinator for the state, says some 26 million Americans remain without access to broadband, with 73 percent of those in rural areas such as the Mississippi Delta. Federal estimates indicate about one-third of U.S. households, some 100 million people, lack high-speed Internet at home.

DeSoto County supervisors OK broadband study, make park picks (The Commercial Appeal) September 25, 2012

In a busy agenda Monday, DeSoto County supervisors approved a countywide survey of broadband needs, OK’d appointments to a new parks and recreation commission and endorsed tax increment financing for a Hernando hotel.

Tullahoma rolls out smart meters using public network (Community Broadband Networks) September 14, 2012

Last winter, we reported on Tullahoma, Tennessee’s plans to use their fiber optic network for an Automatic Metering Information system (AMI). At the time, city leaders has just started a series of informational meetings for customers. Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB) technicians are now in the process of installing the new meters in the full service area and expect to complete the project by April, 2013.

Citizens underwhelmed by Chattanoogan government-owned network (Coalition for the New Economy) July 30, 2012

If you build it, will they use it?

Earlier this month, we reported that consumers in Hollywood, Fla. were disappointed about their city’s $3.8 million city-owned, free Wi-Fi network. Residents found the system just didn’t perform as well as they had expected, or as they had been promised.

Pork barrel waste of prime rib stimulus (Coalition for the New Economy) June 28, 2012

It’s been said that the definition of government waste is in the eye of the beholder. One man’s pork barrel project is another man’s prime rib…

…A project doesn’t have to meet all three to be considered wasteful, maybe just one or two. Chattanooga’s high-speed broadband system meets all three of them.

Chattanooga named as new White House partner in new broadband program (Times Free Press) June 13, 2012

The White House today announced a two-part plan to increase ultra high speed broadband access across the U.S., modeling much of the plan on efforts already under way in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga’s municipal FTTP network surpasses subscriber projections (Fierce Telecom) February 21, 2012

Chattanooga EPB is doing something that’s eluded a number municipally-owned broadband service providers: it’s beating its own subscription projections and is making a profit.

Chattanooga’s municipal FTTH network is near completion (Fierce Telecom) December 6, 2010

After overcoming political wrangling with the city’s incumbent service providers to build its Fiber to the Home network, the joint Chattanooga, Tenn. Electric Power Board (EPB) network will be completed by the end of this year.

Chattanooga choo choo? City-owned utility set to offer 1 gig broadband (Fierce Cable) September 13, 2010

Among all the cities in the U.S.-heck, even the world-Chattanooga, Tenn., appears to be the leader in the ultra high-speed broadband race. The city utility, EPB, said by the end of the year it will be offering speeds up to 1 Gbps making Chattanooga “one of the leading cities in the world in its digital capabilities,” said Mayor Ron Littlefield.

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