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Municipal utility in Russellville, Kentucky, announces 1-gigabit broadband service


From the August 28, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published August 28, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor, Public Power Daily
The municipal electric utility in Russellville, Kentucky, said the first 1-gigabit broadband service in the state will be available for residential and business customers beginning on Sept. 1. EPB Smartnet, Russellville’s municipally owned fiber-to-the-premises network, made the announcement on Aug. 26 at the 11th Annual Kentucky Cable and Telecommunications Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. 

EPB Smartnet operates a high-speed fiber optic network that offers services to more than 4,000 homes and businesses in the Russellville area. With its 1-gigabit service offering, "Russellville joins a handful of other 'Gig' cities offering the fastest broadband service in the country, and is tied with a few international communities for fastest in the world," the city said. Russellville said it already has been recognized as offering the fastest average internet speeds in Kentucky.  

With EPB Smartnet’s announcement of 1-gigabit service, Russellville is now 10 times faster and more than five years ahead of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan calling for 100-Mbps speeds for 260 million households nationwide by 2020.  

"We are so excited to offer to our residential customers the same access to gigabit broadband service that we offered to business customers last fall," said Robert White, general manager of EPB Smartnet.  "We are committed to sustaining an advanced communications network capable of providing gigabit speeds without the need of data caps on usage."  

More information about the Russellville Electric Plant Board's gigabit broadband service is posted at the EPB SmartNet website
 

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