“Gig City Roots” Nominated For Regional Emmys

Thursday, January 16, 2014

“Gig City Roots,” a ground breaking music special featuring the first use of gigabit speed Internet connectivity with new video conferencing technology, nabbed two Emmy nominations for Technical Achievement and Audio.

Grammy winning musician T-Bone Burnett performed live in Los Angeles with rockabilly musician Check Mead in Chattanooga before a live audience during the RiverRocks Festival in Coolidge Park on Oct. 13, 2012. Cutting edge technology using EPB Fiber Optics gigabit speed Internet service enabled Burnett to play with Mead in real time as if they were on stage together.

The performance was facilitated by the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab. Producer Todd Mayo said, “a confluence of great folks at the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB), the Annenberg Innovation Lab team, RiverRocks organizers and others allowed us to do something singular: a live cross-country duet in real time, over 3000 miles of distance and in only .66 milliseconds of time, literally a blink of an eye. We look forward to doing more with Chattanooga’s ‘Gig’ as it relates to music and technology.”

“We’re always excited when we see smart people doing interesting things with ultra-high-speed Internet connectivity like we have here in Chattanooga. We look forward to being involved in more innovative demonstrations like Gig City Roots,” said Jim Ingraham, vice president of Strategic Research for EPB.

The 28th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 25 in Nashville.

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