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“HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB)— Chattanooga is quickly becoming known across the country for having the fastest Internet in the Western hemisphere, offering speeds of one gigabit-per-second.
This weekend web developers from across the U.S. came to the Scenic City to take full advantage of the service.
The first-ever ‘hackathon,’ called ‘Hackanooga,’ attracted both experienced and amateur web developers to kick start new ideas, using the web in the ‘Gig City’ to build community-centered prototype apps and programs.
“They’re really trying to create apps and programs that benefit the community in some way and the greater good,” says Kelly McCarthy.
Kelly McCarthy moved to Chattanooga four years ago and helps run a web design firm. She says now that Chattanooga offers 1 gigabit-per-second fiber Internet service to all of its residents and businesses, the possibilities are endless.
“This is something that you just don’t have access to everywhere,” she says.
That is why she teamed up with U.S. Ignite and Mozilla to bring web gurus from across the country to put the gig speed to the test, working on prototype high bandwidth and big data apps, focusing on everything from public safety to education.”