EPB customers currently with a 50 Mbps connection will be upgraded to 100 Mbps. Those with 100 and 250 Mbps connectivity will be upgraded to 1,000 Mbps, or a gigabit connection, with no EPB customer having a network connection slower than 100 Mbps, which officials say is 15-times faster than the national average.
Previously the price for gigabit internet was around $350 a month, more geared to businesses or agencies, however the new price for the gigabit connection is now $69.99, down significantly from the original.
In a news release, EPB cites the price reductions for customers with 250 Mbps connections at $70 less per month; Gig customers will save $230 per month.
Business customers will also enjoy the speed increases as well.
The conversions for customers began Monday evening, and will continue to the beginning of October.
EPB offers both fiber internet and Fi-TV services in addition to electrical service to parts of Marion County, mainly East of the Tennessee River in Haletown, Whiteside, and the Lakeside communities.
Though many feel it would be a welcome addition to other parts of Marion County, no known plans have been made to expand their EPB Fi services to areas outside of their electric power grid areas at this time.