This week: Mayor of Chattanooga Tim Kelly joins the show to discuss the city's journey to closing its digital divide, what problems remain, how gigabit broadband has changed the local economy and why they're launching a quantum network.

Nicole Ferraro, Editor, host of 'The Divide' podcast

May 8, 2023

At a Glance

  • Brief recap of Chattanooga's broadband backstory (01:13)
  • How broadband and remote work are changing and complicating the local economy (07:20)
  • What quantum computing may mean for Chattanooga's future (12:23)

This episode features Tim Kelly, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We discuss Chattanooga's broadband evolution over the years, how gigabit-speed broadband has transformed the local economy – particularly in the wake of the pandemic and remote work. We further discuss where Chattanooga still faces problems in getting its residents connected and how the city hopes to leverage federal funding to address digital equity issues.

We are also joined by Dr. Duncan Earl, president and CTO of Qubitekk, to discuss a recently announced partnership with Chattanooga's EPB to launch a quantum network in the city and what access to quantum computing means for Chattanooga's digital future.

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About the Author(s)

Nicole Ferraro

Editor, host of 'The Divide' podcast, Light Reading

Nicole covers broadband, policy and the digital divide. She hosts The Divide on the Light Reading Podcast and tracks broadband builds in The Buildout column. Some* call her the Broadband Broad (*nobody).

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