Pardon Me, Boy, Is That the Chattanooga Wireless Service?

So a while back Google announced their new Fiber project. Later this year they’re going to pick one community somewhere in the United States and use it as a guinea pig to test a new high-speed internet service.

One city, however, is ahead of Google on that front, already: Chattanooga, Tennesse. Feast your eyes on this interesting bit of news:

The city of Chatanooga [sic], Tenn. on Monday unveiled what it said is the fastest Internet service in the U.S. The city-owned EPB Fiber Opticshas partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to offer speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.

The EPB utility now services more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the Chattanooga area, and the city said that every home and business within EPB’s 600 square-mile, 9 county service area will be able to access speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

One gigabyte per second. Compare that to the United States’ average broadband speed: 4 megabytes per second. There are 1024 megabytes in a gigabyte. So Chattanooga’s wireless service is over 200 times faster than what most of us are using right now.

There is a catch, however. If you live in Chattanooga and want this great service, it’ll cost you $350 per month. However, an Associated Press article notes:

NOT FOR RESIDENTS: At $350 a month, the service is aimed at businesses — including those looking to relocate.

So unless you’re a businessman or you’re one of those people in Chattanooga who’s rolling in the money, don’t bother.