Comcast Decides Competing Against Municipal Fiber Is Just Fine, Brings 2 Gbps Service to Chattanooga

Consumerist

Chattanooga: pretty blue bridges, municipal broadband, and Comcast. (ash) Chattanooga: pretty blue bridges, municipal broadband, and Comcast. (ash)
While most of us languish away without even a flicker on the horizon of someday getting gigabit speeds or real broadband competition, residents in a handful of cities are lucky enough to have both. This summer, Chattanoogans will join the shortlist of Americans who not only have blazing fast internet, but also a choice of providers.

The Times Free Press reports that Comcast is promising Chattanooga the same “Gigabit Pro” service they’re rolling out elsewhere: fully symmetrical 2 Gbps, fiber-to-the-home connections. The roll-out is planned to begin in June and will reach up to 200,000 homes.

“But wait,” you might say. “Chattanooga sounds really familiar. Something something municipal fiber internet?”

Chattanooga, as we’ve discussed several times over the past year, is well known for its super fast, globally competitive symmetrical gigabit fiber network — a public utility that the

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