Knoxville, Tennessee (population 192,648) residents are getting access to $65 gigabit internet thanks to a municipal fiber project being built by the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB). KUB, which also operates a municipal electric utility, is building underground fiber where its electric is buried and using electric poles where electric service is overhead. KUB also operates water, natural gas, and wastewater utilities for the eastern Tennessee city.
Phase 1 of the KUB Fiber project was recenty completed, with service now available to around 50,000 customers. Over 1,100 miles of fiber infrastructure have been installed so far. KUB has now started work on the second phase of the project, and Phase 3 is expected to be complete by the end of 2028
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