Comcast launching 2-gig broadband to trump Chattanooga’s municipal gigabit offering

Comcast announced this morning that it will introduce 2 gigabit per second (Gbps) internet service to customers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the end of the year, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported today.

Comcast said it will begin rolling out its Gigabit Pro service in June, and will serve about 200,000 of the area’s residents, whether they are currently Comcast customers or not, according to the report.

The service will challenge one of the most successful and well-known municipal broadband deployments in the country. The city of Chattanooga launched its fiber-optic internet service in 2008 under the city’s Electronic Power Board (EPB), eventually offering residents 1 Gbps internet speeds for $ 70 a month or 100 megabits per second (Mbps) for $ 58 per month. Before long, Chattanooga earned the nickname “Gig City,” and by 2013 those operating the EPB boasted that it had the “highest speeds in the Western hemisphere,” both on its website and in a CBS News profile.

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Network World Colin Neagle