The broadband ecosystem has been watching and debating the recent move by EPB, a municipally owned FTTH network in Chattanooga, to launch a 1 Gb/s residential broadband offer. We’ve had our fair share of debate about the subject on telecompetitor.

EPB is starting to get some takers for the service. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that EPB has already signed up a few customers, including Allan Davis, who “…wants to be among the first to be hooked up to America’s fastest broadband service…”

Echoing some of my commentary on the subject, Davis tells the Times Free Press, “I know there is absolutely nothing I can do with a gigabit-per-second service to my home right now.” But Davis also speaks to the symbolism of EPB’s efforts and the importance people like him place on it, “… this is a very powerful symbol of what Chattanooga is going to be in the future, and I wanted to be one of the early pioneers to support this effort.”