April 15, 2008 at midnight EDT

TCTA Lawsuit Against EPB Dismissed

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – This afternoon, the Davidson County Chancery Court ruled that the lawsuit filed against EPB by the Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association be dismissed, on all counts.

“We are very pleased with the court’s decision – this project is an important economic development initiative and we are glad to be moving forward,” says Harold DePriest, EPB’s President and CEO. “Our community has maintained an overwhelmingly positive response to the fiber initiative and we want to thank them for supporting us through this legal process. We hope that TCTA will not continue in its attempt to keep Chattanoogans from experiencing the benefits of this project by prolonging the lawsuit through frivolous and time-consuming appeals.”

“We are eager to get underway on our build-out of the Smart Grid, which will enable us to provide even more reliable power and to offset rising energy costs to every EPB customer,” said Mr. DePriest. “And soon, building upon the fiber network which enables the Smart Grid, we will begin offering our community the Internet, video and telephone choices and options they’ve told us that they want.”

For more on the Smart Grid, the coming Fiber to the Home services and other information about EPB, visit or call (423) 648-1EPB.