Chattanooga, TN, will open the first commercially available quantum network in the U.S. by the end of next month.
Utility provider EPB will operate the $4.5-million network, which California-based Qubitekk is developing.
EPB's J. Ed Marston said the quantum network should give Chattanooga an economic boost by offering universities and companies a testbed for new equipment and applications that use quantum technology.
Mayor Tim Kelly said the network would support up to 10 users simultaneously, and officials are negotiating with potential subscribers like startups and billion-dollar enterprises.
Marston said the project could recoup its initial investment within five years.
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