Pre-COVID, the demand for high-speed internet in Lamar County was at an all-time high. Since the pandemic, that demand has become insatiable with children studying online and parents working from home.
Overall, networks coped well with the demand, but now one local company wants to bring “high-speed fiber internet for less than what consumers are currently paying” to Reno, Texas.
“We heard there was a problem with the internet in the Reno area, and now we’re trying to provide a remedy to that problem.” said the president of Wifires Mossie Kines. “People want options, and right now, there are no options for better internet in that area. We want to provide what we say we’re going to provide; faster internet for less than you’re paying right now.”
In January, Mayor Pro Tem and District 7 Councilperson Paula Portugal invited Paris citizens to comment on their Cable and/or Internet Service Providers ahead of a city council meeting.
“It was usually faster to use my hotspot on my phone than Suddenlink, and internet was way to expensive but that is basically the only provider in the area,” said one social media user.
Another said, “I would love to have another option besides Suddenlink. I’m tired of paying $140 a month just for internet.”
Mrs. Portugal said many citizens had expressed concerns regarding the difficulty of resolving service and billing issues.
“WiFires is a local company,” said Kines. “We have a dedicated technical support staff that is available 24/7 to help our customers. We care about the people because we live with the people.”
Kines said WiFires is on the schedule for Reno’s City Council meeting on Monday night to start their project. After that, they will begin running fiber to Reno “in the most environmentally friendly way of doing it, which is micro-trenching.”
Micro-trenching involves digging a narrow trench of one to two inches wide and up to two-foot deep. The pros of this technique are significant. The alternative to micro-trenching is digging 3-5 foot holes in sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots.
“Micro-trenching is a new and improved way to install fiber that is less intrusive with less liability. We want to get fast-internet to the citizens of Reno in the most environmentally friendly way.”
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