Broadband Services

Bridging the Digital Divide


Seventy-eight years ago, Bandera Electric Cooperative was born out of the courage and determination of local leaders to bring electricity to the rural Texas Hill Country. It was our early member’s dedication and community spirit which enabled our communities to thrive through the 20th century.

In this new century, we are once again seeing a disparity of essential services, however this is not about electrification, this is about the "digital divide."

Just as we were 78 years ago, BEC is here to provide much needed services to our members.  BEC is currently testing a broadband internet pilot in the city of Bandera, as well as surveying members across our service territory to gauge member interest.
 

Get Connected with BEC Broadband

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We need to hear from our BEC members -- all of you! If you are interested in the expansion of the BEC broadband program, please go to our new CrowdFiber site to back the program now. You will need to enter your address and register for the program.

Join the grassroots movement and share this information with your friends and neighbors today!


BEC Broadband Pilot Projects

Installation of broadband services across our service territory will be incremental.  Currently, pilots in Bandera and Boerne are being planned and conducted. 

To show your interest in internet coming to your area, please sign up at our BEC CrowdFiber site.  

Applications Over Various Broadband Speeds

Applications

10 Mbps

15 Mbps

20 Mbps

50 Mbps

100 Mbps

Simple Text email without attachments

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Receive email with medium attachments or graphics

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Download small files

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Download large files

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Download high-definition (HD) video

Bad

Bad

Ok

Good 

Good

Upload videos, presentations

Bad

Ok

Ok

Good

Good

Daily incremental backup, up to 20 GB

Bad

Bad

Bad

Ok

Good

Telemedicine

Bad

Bad

Bad

Good

Good

Web browsing

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Interactive online applications

Good

Good

Good

Good

Good

Videoconferencing  streaming at 384 Kbps

Ok

Good

Good

Good

Good

Telecommuting/remote server access/VPN client

Ok

Ok

Ok

Good

Good

Multi-point videoconferencing streaming at 768 Kbps for a group of five to six

Bad

Bad

Bad

Good

Good

Stream HD video 

Ok

Good

Good

Good

Good

Distance learning

Bad Ok Ok Good Good