A customer in Chattanooga, TN was able to sign up for a service providing an Internet connection that delivers an almost unimaginable 10 Gbps. A local provider, EPB, launched the service last year for $300 a month with free installation, no contracts, and no early termination fees, spearheading a trend that is seeing ISPs offer more bandwidth than the current demand calls for, in effect future-proofing their customers.
The homeowner, a radiologist by trade, claims the ultra-fast connection helps him most with his job. “An X-ray averages around 200 megabytes, then you have PET scans and mammograms—3D mammograms are 10 gig files, so they’re enormous,” said James Busch, the lucky resident. He also mentioned that more everyday concerns were also made easier. “There were situations where my daughter would be FaceTiming and the others would be streaming on the 4K TVs and they’d start screaming at each other about hogging the bandwidth. We don’t see that at 10 gigs.”