In 2010, EPB, Chattanooga Tennessee’s municipal electric power and fiber optics-based communications provider set a new standard in preparing for the future when it launched America’s first community-wide 1 gigabit-per-second internet service available to every home and business in its 600 square mile territory.
Meanwhile, quantum networking pioneer Qubitekk was applying its years of research in quantum entanglement to practical use for quantum-safe security and networking.
In 2016, the two leaders teamed up to explore how the power of Qubitekk’s quantum security products could help protect the nation’s smart grid from cyber-attacks with EPB providing the established fiber optic environment needed to develop the technology. Engaging external partners like Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the partners have completed award-winning work, including the 2021 R&D 100 Award, to demonstrate the potential superiority of combining advanced communications infrastructure with quantum technologies to solve current and future challenges.
EPB Quantum Network powered by Qubitekk is America’s first industry-led, commercially available quantum network designed for private companies as well as government and university researchers to run quantum equipment. It’s technology built on infrastructure that will accelerate the development, adoption and integration of quantum products.