We are The Gig City (Chattanooga, TN) - The city that is "terrifying big telecom" with our 600 sq. mile gigabit fiber grid. Mayor and network CEO here - Ask Us Anything!
Yesterday, a Business Insider article about us striking fear into the hearts of big telecom hit the front page. Although most people know about Google Fiber, many people don't know that we've had a fully functional, 600 sq. mile gigabit grid live since 2010.
The Gig City has become a hotbed of entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology investment - with a damn strong quality of life to boot. On Tuesday, we just wrapped up GIGTANK, the world's first gigabit startup accelerator, and we're getting fired up about our local Maker Faire, held in mid-October. There's a palpable energy here, and we're proud of what we've accomplished - but we're just getting started!
Here is some more information that you might be interested in:
- A speed test from City Hall this morning
- The Gig City - General Information
- GIGTANK - General Information
- A great 3.5 minute video showing how our fiber network is improving Chattanooga's power grid
- EPB's petition to the FCC to allow for an expanded service area
- Follow us on Twitter - @TheGigCity
This AMA is being powered by:
- Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga
- Harold DePriest, CEO of EPB (and a brilliant engineer, to boot)
- (Bijan Dhanani, local entrepreneur helping moderate the AMA)
We will start answering questions around 1pm EDT - Ask Us Anything!
Edit: Thanks guys! This was awesome! Mayor Berke and Harold DePriest really enjoyed this. If you would like to connect outside of this thread, shoot us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to talking to you!