EPB has a long history of refusing to sell to companies that actually will come close to using the "gig". My company has been trying for over 2 years now to buy service from EPB. They are actually keeping competition out of the city by refusing access to the public network, built with public dollars. Here is a blog that writes about municipal networks. http://bureaucalypse.org/
This is what happens when Government is in charge; vast amounts of money are wasted building a network that no one yet needs nor has a demand for.
Chattanooga has spent the citizen's money on bleeding edge technology before there was a demand - guaranteeing that they have also spent many times the amount that will be spent by competing entities in the future. So, a small advantage now (that no one can yet use) will lead to a competitive disadvantage for decades to come as competing networks are built for pennies on the dollar.
Remember your first computer? It was "state of the art", "world class", it was better than all of your friends older computers. It was amazing technology. What is it worth today?
I hope Chattanooga realizes that being 'cutting edge' and 10 years ahead of the game is actually an incredible waste of money. 10 years from now when others are building these networks they will do so for pennies on the dollar that EPB is throwing away for capacity that is rarely demanded today.