A conservative think tank argues that since Chattanooga's EPB was built with grants it is unfair to corporate internet providers, who don't provide broadband to everyone, also get grants, and also get billions in tax breaks, and also charge substantially more for far worse service.

An economic study last year by Bento Lobo, professor of finance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, said EPB's fiber optics network in its first three years saved $130.5 million in power outages, boosted business energy efficiency by $234.5 million and spurred $461 million in new business investment.

In Chattanooga 100 Meg internet costs $58 per month. I pay about that right this minute for 1.5 meg service which actually NEVER delivers 1.5 megs.

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.