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Every business, especially new ones, have milestone years, hopefully most of them good and memorable. commZoom is no different. As an entrepreneurial startup formed through a series acquisitions in early 2015, commZoom came off the starting line in this technological Steeplechase staring first at a critical list of needed cable plant upgrades in 13 markets originally installed before there even was a consumer Internet. Lytle, Natalia and Devine were the first recipients of a months-long effort to rebuild infrastructure with new fiber optics and upgraded electronics powering a Hybrid Fiber Coax network, which in late 2015 began delivering 100 Mbps (megabits per second) of wireline Internet speed to towns that had never had such a thing and, one must admit, little prospect of getting it.
 
Three years later, we’ve lifted the lid with an exciting breakthrough. commZoom recently tripled the maximum speeds previously available. Just a few weeks ago, commZoom began providing speeds of up to 300 Mbps to our service areas in Lytle, Natalia and Devine. (See the news release here). In addition to that, this past October, the Internet pipes coming into Lytle, Natalia and Devine joined ranks with Pleasanton, Hondo and Castroville and are now receiving 10 times more bandwidth than before. Imagine in three years these small communities have gone from almost no Internet service at all to being fortified with 10 full powered fiber optic gigabits flowing through to serve their growing needs along with speeds equal to or greater than what is broadly available in the nearby metro San Antonio market.
 
We know what you’re thinking. What about the rest of commZoom country? We are working very hard at providing the kind of services needed by our customers in the rural south Texas towns where we do business now and in the future. Of course, there will be more. It takes work, new gear and other “secret sauce” to get to a place where we can make the same moves in other places in our system. We’ll get there as we balance demand with business realities. A few more towns are definitely due for a “lift of the ceiling” just as soon as we are ready to push it out.
 
For perspective, one must consider that the Federal Communications Commission put a stake in the ground a while back on the official definition of “High Speed Internet” as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. That’s not necessarily a breathtaking speed to begin with but remember that a government agency made this pronouncement.  Much of the territory commZoom serves never had that before. Now, think about where we’ll be in a very short time.  The time is fast approaching when minimum Internet speeds we need to conduct our lives will overtake today’s fastest speeds. Remember, Americans went to the moon with less computing power than exists in today’s smart phones.
 
These are the early days.