It’s not that Google has forsaken those who live in Google, Kansas; the announcement from that company concerning the build-out of a fiber network has not yet come. No, it is another, relatively unknown provider (of broadband per se) that has announced 1 Gbit broadband will come to that city in Tennessee.

Who would have guessed? Los Angeles, yes; New York, of course; but Chattanooga?

The breaking story, which will no doubt break hearts comes from Maximum PC

Tennessee is already home to the Grand Ole Opry, and now it’s going to be home to the fastest broadband service for both residential and business customers in the entire United States. It’s all thanks to Alcatel-Lucent, which today announced its 1 Gigabit service is now available citywide in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband,” said Tom Edd Wilson, President and CEO of The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today’s innovations and tomorrow’s companies.”

The 1Gpbs service is 10 times faster and 10 years ahead of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, which calls for 100Mbps (how quaint) speeds for 260 million homes by 2020. It’s also 200 times faster than the current national download speed average.

Speeds this fast don’t come cheap, however. Pricing starts at $350/month for the new 1Gbps speed tier, with discounted options available for TV and/or phone service bundles.

Golly gee willikers, sir, I think I’ll take two, and try do do channel bonding. There is a saying in drag racing, that applies here – speed costs money, how fast do you want to go?

I want to see how many homes in Chattanooga take advantage of this; or how many businesses for that matter.  This is the sort  of thing that you could get, and put up a neighborhood wi-fi system, allowing all of your neighbors to share the cost with you, and never getting near the limit – except that these things are always set up to disallow that sort of thing. Still, if you had a large business, with several buildings, you could do precisely that, and have killer service for every PC.

I now wonder if we’ll see a race to provide the greatest number of people with service? Could there be a broadband war, with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, along with Qwest to a lesser extent, all duking it out for the most high speed customers served? How great would that be?

Will this spur Google to get off the mark? I certainly hope so, and I’m betting those nice people in Google, Kansas are thinking the same exact thing.



With the proliferation of 1 Gbit broadband, the world will get smaller again…