Last updated: November 21. 2013 12:49PM - 1529 Views
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Russellville’s Electric Plant Board (EPB) released exciting news this week relating to its new broadband division, which kicked off just two years ago, and has been successfully growing ever since.

According to the board’s general manager Robert White, the EPB has been named the first (gig)abyte city in the state of Kentucky. A gigabyte is a multiple of the unit bit for digital information or computer storage. In layman’s terms it is very fast Internet capability.

“A couple of years ago, the former FCC chairman decided he wanted to encourage broadband deployment nationwide, and wanted really robust high-speed commitments in communities all over the country. They challenged each state to at least have two ‘gig’ cities per state,” said White. Because of the EPB’s commitment to excellence, the City of Russellville leads the way for that goal, and its ramifications will pour over onto the community the company serves.

“Back years ago electricity was the thing that communities used to stimulate economic development. In fact, TVA’s commitment to economic development is still there. However, the Broadband infrastructure has become that new economic catalyst that communities are using to promote economic development as well,” said White. “We are very proud of this. So now you can by a ‘gig’ service from the EPB.”

White says most people think of 10 megabyte, 20 megabyte, or 100 megabyte; a gig is 1,000 megabyte service.

“That is very high speed Internet right here in our own community,” said White.

A couple of years ago the Electric Plant Board decided to go into the business of selling high speed Internet, voice and cable services. According to White, the EPB is doing pretty well with the new service.

“We are really successful and we are really encouraged, but we are still growing,” said White. “I always explain our broadband as the new infant in our home, and the electric business is like a teenager. We have a new baby and we have to take care of that new baby, it takes up a lot of time, but we haven’t forgot of our teenager who provides 92 percent of our revenues. So we have two children in the house now.”

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