The city announced on Sept. 17 that all residential and business customers would have their Internet speeds upgraded to a minimum of 100 Mbps, and thousands more would receive gigabit service. Those customers already receiving 100 Mbps or higher service were automatically upgraded to gigabit speed. The speed upgrades will go into effect by Oct. 1, the city announced.

“The gig infrastructure plays a key role in Chattanooga's long-term strategy to be a city ready to compete in the 21st-century economy. And with EPB's [the Electric Power Board, Chattanooga's local utility] upgrade, more Chattanoogans will have access to the fastest Internet speeds in the country," Mayor Andy Berke said. "The gig has been a catalyst for progress over the last few years, and now is the perfect time to capitalize on this asset. We must continue to grow innovation, support entrepreneurism and create opportunity for all in our community.”