Gigabit Cities

Pics: A Tour of Chattanooga's Gigabit City

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee in July revealed what downtown life is like in America's first Gigabit City. From TechTown (the best camp ever), to The Crash Pad (the only Platinum-LEED-Certified hostel ever), to an abundance of startup incubators, Chattanooga is a city bubbling with energy and tech-fueled ambition.

In a short day and a half, Chattanooga made me long for a little more southern hospitality in my life. It also convinced me that this Tennessee town had the right idea by investing in a gigabit network. Granted, most people and companies don't need that bandwidth yet, but its very presence has brought about some significant benefits to the community. Not only does the power grid run more smoothly thanks to smart power switches networked together with fiber, but the telecom infrastructure has been a catalyst for Chattanooga's downtown revival, and active, innovative startup scene.

But don't let me try to convince you with words. Take a look at the photos to see what Chattanooga's all about. Maybe sit back and sip some Tennessee whiskey while you do.

3D-Printed Owls
Behold the neon owls. The Chattanooga TechTown camp gives kids hands-on access to 3D printers. These were some of their creations.
Behold the neon owls. The Chattanooga TechTown camp gives kids hands-on access to 3D printers. These were some of their creations.

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mhhf1ve 9/11/2015 | 6:29:57 PM
Paradrop? Is video caching of Netflix videos actually legal? I thought Netflix would have to license that extra capability to let users download movies for temporary offline viewing? Hmm...


(Amazon just added offline viewing for its video service, so maybe Amazon would have been a better example case?)
GeneralM72306 8/22/2015 | 8:01:11 AM
Gigabit City: Building Blocks Please let us know building blocks of Gigabit city in Chattanooga and what makes it different from other Gigabit cities in the US,?
Mitch Wagner 8/11/2015 | 10:33:05 AM
Re: Feetz I did not know that about the JavaScript. Perhaps I can hire an 8-year-old to do some scripting for my Mac. 
Ariella 8/10/2015 | 9:39:10 PM
Re: Feetz Great to give kids an incentive to learn more.
msilbey 8/10/2015 | 11:47:04 AM
Re: Feetz Yup, it's JavaScript. Kids don't have to code to play MineCraft, but if they want to, that's the way to do it. 
Mitch Wagner 8/10/2015 | 11:45:47 AM
Feetz I have extraordinarily flat feet and it's hard for me to find shoes that fit. I love the idea of Feetz.

Do kids use JavaScript to code in Minecraft? I have no kids and have never played.
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