Monday, September 13, 2010

Chattanooga TN will have fastest broadband in US but it is pricey; FCC will licensed unused airwave wireless frequencies for MiFi

Chattanooga TN’s city owned utility EPB has announced the nation’s fastest broadband Internet service, at 1 gigabit per second, 200 times faster than the average broadband in the US, with news story from the utility here.  The plan is pricey, about $170 a month. In the meantime, Google is pledging to supply similar service to about 500000 people among communities that apply. Other companies like Verizon are planning to offer services 30 to 50 times what is available now on average. Only a few places on Earth, like some of Hong Kong, have 1 gigabit per second.

I last visited Chattanooga myself in 2004, and drove up Lookout Mountain. There's an interesting underpass-tunnel on US 441; I don't have a picture.

And Edward Wyatt, in the Business Section of the Sept 13 New York Times, reports that the F.C.C. is considering offering unlicensed wireless frequencies to entrepreneurs. They’re actually used, for example, for baby monitors (also used in eldercare). These could develop more mid-level MIFI hotspot services (like Virgin’s) with improving security, and essentially guarantee “reasonable” service almost everywhere. The link is here. I talked about MiFi on my IT blog Sept. 2.

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