Igniting Chattanooga’s Superfast Network

Jack Studer wants to fax you a sandwich. And he’s hoping that, eventually, the pack of tech geniuses, visionaries, and entrepreneurs that make up Chattanooga’s inaugural Gig Tank will help him do so.

The Gig Tank, organized by Studer and other Chattanooga businesspeople,  is a summer-long workshop and competition that brings together fledging tech businesses and talented college students and asks them to unleash their creativity on Chattanooga’s gigabit-per-second fiber optic network—the first of its kind in the country.

“We will be pushing them to form teams, target and attack problems, pitch ideas, build concepts and prototypes,” says Brian Trautschold, co-founder of Chattanooga media streaming company retickr and one of the Gig Tank organizers.

While Google has recently made waves with its plans to wire up Kansas City with a 1 Gbps fiber optic system, Chattanooga is already experimenting with what that kind of infrastructure can do. And the results have been encouraging: The super-fast service has sparked technological innovation and helped lure hundreds of jobs to the city…

Read the rest of this story at Good.is, where it was posted on June 19, 2012.