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MJ gets gigabit

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Mt. Juliet is among one of Tennessee's first communities to receive "world class speed" Internet, 100 times faster than the national average with TDS Telecom's roll out of 1Gig Internet.

TDS celebrated the launch of their 1 Gigabit high-speed Internet service during a celebration announcement Thursday morning at Mt. Juliet City Hall.

The hyper-speed will be available to not only local home workers, movie buffs, and gamers, but also is an added benefit to Wilson County students.

"This is a historic day," said TDS Field Marketing Manager Tony Bugher. "You are the first with access to 1Gig fiber optic service in Mt. Juliet. It means lightning fast speeds on multiple devices."

And while the recent technology buzz is Google's foray into 1Gig service, TDS officials emphasized it will take several years for their launch, whereas in Mt. Juliet TDS offers the service now.

Bugher emphasized downloads of movies, YouTube, photo albums and virtually everything on the Internet will "take seconds, not minutes," with this new service.

This new, Internet speed, the fastest TDS offers, is designed to meet the ever-growing demand by customers for bandwidth. It's available now to all TDS customers and the price of the upgrade depends on the customers' current package.

TDS State Government Affairs Manager Bruce Mottern explained the 1Gig service is for residential customers.

"With 1Gig, consumers can enjoy a lightening fast Internet experience," said Mottern.. "Plus, it can lead to increased home values and add to the attractiveness of the Mt. Juliet community"

Several city, state and local officials attended the announcement meeting. State Sen. Mae Beavers, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Mt. Juliet Commissioner Brian Abston and others expressed excitement the high-speed offering was available.

"This is very exciting," said Abston. "It's another notch in our belt. Residential customers will get unbelievable speed for home, office and gamers. We thank TDS for being a great partner in the community."

TDS officials noted the high-speed offering would attract businesses because they "will be thinking about their employees."

Bugher noted another positive result of the faster speed would be related to "telecommuters so there's less congestion on the interstates."

Mottern confirmed there was a "significant" investment in the service

"It's a really big deal," he said.

Other places the service has been introduced is in New Hampshire and in Farragut and Halls Crossroads Tennessee.

Those in attendance laughed when Bugher noted in 1943 IBM CEO Thomas Watson said the world market was in need of only five computers. He also noted legendary Bill Gates at one time said 647K memory was all anyone would ever need.

"They both since denied these statements," said Bugher with a smile.

He noted TDS Telecom "embraces tomorrow's tech possibilities."

The service is currently available, and customers are encouraged to call TDS to ask about how to access the high-speed.

TDS Telecom is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the United States.

Writer Laurie Everett may be contacted at

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