Last updated: August 28. 2014 1:43PM - 980 Views
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Starting next week, residents of Russellville will be the first in the state to have access to 1GB internet as the Electric Plant Board Smartnet will begin offering that service.

This week Russellville’s municipally-owned fiber-to-the-premises network announced at the ’s 11th Annual Kentucky Cable and Telecommunications Conference in Lexington that the first 1-Gigabit broadband service in Kentucky will now be available for both residential and business customers beginning September 1, 2014.

“It’s a huge access to more internet speed,” said Robert White, General Manager of EPB smartnet. “Right now the highest speed we offer is 100 MB and this will multiply that by 10 times, which gives our customers a lot of additional speed.”

The EPB has been offering the 1GB service to businesses for some time now, but this is the first time it has been made available to the general public.

The service will cost $99 per month.

“There’s not a lot of applications where people need that kind of speed, but if you need to transfer a lot of large files, or if you watch a lot of Netflix and Hulu, then your streaming is going to be even clearer if you have this kind of bandwidth,” White said.

The other speeds offered by the EPB include 20MB, 50MB and 100MB download speeds.

EPB smartnet operates a high-speed optical fiber network that today offers services to over 4000 homes and businesses in the Russellville area. With its 1 Gigabit service offering, Russellville joins a handful of other “Gig” cities offering the fastest broadband service in the country, and is tied with a few international communities for fastest in the world. In addition, Russellville has been recognized as offering the fastest average internet speeds in the Commonwealth.

With EPB smartnet’s announcement of 1 Gigabit service, Russellville is now 10 times faster and more than 5 years ahead of FCC’s National Broadband Plan calling for 100 Mbps speeds for 260 million households nationwide by 2020.

The Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB SmartNet) is a not-for-profit, public power and broadband services provider. EPB SmartNet serves over 4000 customers within Russellville, KY where its mission is to meet our customer’s energy and telecommunication needs with excellent customer service at the lowest feasible cost, while providing the highest quality of life for our community and employees.

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