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8/25/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative held its 82nd Annual Meeting of the Membership virtually on Saturday, August 14. Nearly 400 members attended, with more than 45% being first-time attendees.
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8/24/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative will begin accepting youth program applications September 15, 2021.
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8/18/2021
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed #ourBEC CEO Bill Hetherington, along with Akbar Kara, and Hatch Smith, Jr. to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council.
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8/16/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative has planned system maintenance August 18-19, 2021, to improve its ability to serve members quickly and more efficiently. Members may experience a brief impact on software applications and phone service.
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7/9/2021
Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory recently received $8,500 in BEC Foundation grants for the second quarter grant cycle.
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6/24/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative is excited to announce its 82nd Annual Meeting. The virtual meeting will be held on Saturday, August 14 at 10 a.m. and will be live streamed from BEC’s Headquarters in Bandera.
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6/18/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative members are one step closer to a new office in Boerne located at 1100 N Main Street, Suite 104.
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6/7/2021
The Bandera Electric Cooperative Board of Directors recently appointed Annegreth Niemann to its board as the interim District 5 Director.
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5/17/2021
The Medina Volunteer Fire Department will purchase a digital sign and new life-saving medical equipment, thanks to a $25,000 grant from BEC and the Lower Colorado River Authority.
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5/14/2021
COVID-19 has affected Texans across the state. The Texas Rent Relief Program provides emergency funds  to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past due rent and utilities).
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5/12/2021
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Applications open May 12. Learn more.
 
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4/28/2021
BEC re-opening of Bandera and Comfort office lobbies beginning May 3.
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4/26/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative will increase its broadband speed offerings in an effort to improve members’ internet experience.
 
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4/22/2021
As of Earth Day, April 22, Apolloware, Bandera Electric Cooperative’s proprietary energy analytics platform, will be available to anyone who wants to reduce energy waste.
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4/13/2021
Bandera Electric Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the Silver Sage Community Center in Bandera as the winner of the 2021 Members’ Choice Contest.
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4/8/2021
In keeping with its mission to help support the communities it serves, Bandera Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $3,500 donation to the Bandera ISD Education Foundation.
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4/6/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative presented a safety and bucket truck demonstration to grades pre-kindergarten through eight, and the career path of a lineman to grades nine through 12 at Utopia ISD.
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4/5/2021
Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory recently received BEC Foundation community project grants for the first-quarter grant cycle.
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3/31/2021
Ten area students were recently selected as recipients of the Bandera Electric Cooperative Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
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3/1/2021
Bill Hetherington, BEC CEO, shares a reassuring message about rates and the status of BEC's distribution grid with Baron Wiley at Boerne Radio.
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2/23/2021
BEC welcomes Aguirre as new interim district director.
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2/16/2021
Bandera Electric Cooperative, and all utilities across Texas, are experiencing an unprecedented event with state-mandated rolling power outages and extreme weather conditions.
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2/1/2021
BEC members will have the chance to make a difference in their community by nominating a nonprofit in the BEC service territory. Nominations will be accepted February 1 through March 15, 2021.
 
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1/27/2021
BEC won more than $1.6 million in FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction to deploy high-speed, fiber-optic broadband service.
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1/19/2021
BEC dedicated the Pipe Creek substation to recently retired BEC Board Director, Jerry Word.
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1/4/2021
The BEC Foundation recently awarded two grants totaling $8,750 to local nonprofits.
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1/1/2021
On January 1, BEC launched a new, voluntary energy efficiency program to help members identify energy improvements and finance the costs on their monthly electric bill with no down payment required.
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12/16/2020
BEC donated $3,000 to Arms of Hope just in time for Christmas.
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12/14/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently received $15,000 in grants to install six electric vehicle (EV) chargers within its service territory.
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12/3/2020
Grant from BEC, LCRA will purchase new mobile shelves for the Lakehills Area Library, freeing up space for public events in the library’s much-used community room.
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12/2/2020
Bandera museum will install new energy-efficient windows to better protect exhibits, collections.
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11/17/2020
Bandera Natural History Museum adding New Spain art collection with help of grant from BEC, LCRA.
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11/16/2020
Keep it Real Beautiful (KIRB) will soon purchase its own recycling equipment and expand its outreach program, thanks to a $21,000 grant from BEC, LCRA.
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11/6/2020
On November 6, BEC celebrated the completion of an upgrade to the Tarpley substation by dedicating it to Douglas R. "Rob" Sandidge, a recently retired BEC board member.
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10/26/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently commissioned a 23.4 kilowatt solar installation on the new addition of the Medina Community Library. The solar system was part of a planned initiative to make the library sustainable.
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10/12/2020
This optional program provides different energy rates based on the season and time of day energy is used. It more accurately reflects the actual cost of energy.
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10/9/2020
Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory recently received more than $4,600 in BEC Foundation grants.
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10/1/2020
Electric cooperatives are poised to do what cable and telecom companies don't want to do – provide rural Texans with access to high-speed broadband and support their local communities.
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9/25/2020
BEC reached 1.5 million hours without a lost time injury on September 17. The new record marks eight years since the last lost time accident in July 2012.
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9/21/2020
After six months of suspending disconnects, BEC will resume the disconnection process for deliquent accounts beginning October 5, 2020. We encourage members to contact us immediately to set up payment arrangements to avoid disconnection when possible.
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9/15/2020
In 2021, BEC will award ten $2,500 scholarships and send four high school students to Washington, D.C., on a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip in 2021 to experience all the nation’s capital has to offer.
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8/31/2020
 Bandera Electric Cooperative held its 81st Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, August 15 virtually with 365 concurrent attendees, a 4.29% increase over 2019 attendance.
 
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8/13/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently implemented change management to strengthen operations and increase productivity, while maintaining focus on member experiences.
 
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8/5/2020
The Bandera Electric Cooperative Board of Directors recently approved a 67% increase to capital credit payments to the membership.
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7/30/2020
Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants for the second quarter.
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7/30/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently improved its overall fiber network performance.
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6/26/2020
The 2020 Bandera Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of the Membership has been changed from an in-person meeting to a virtual meeting due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
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6/24/2020
The new program was developed due to increased demand from DG members. During the rate development, an analysis was conducted using a random sampling of DG members’ energy usage during 2019. When the new DG TBU rates were compared to standard rates, all members in the study saved money. Members who change their energy habits could potentially save even more.
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6/24/2020
The Lower Colorado River Authority and its wholesale electric customers, including BEC, are offering grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout LCRA’s wholesale power, water and transmission service territory.
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6/1/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative launches new, innovative app for account management. Its previous app, SmartHub, will be phased out at the end of 2020.
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5/26/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently redefined its mission to Lighting the Grid to Empower Members, and its vision to Reimagining Rural America. BEC developed new strategic initiatives to improve financial outcomes and employee engagement, increase energy efficiency and reliability, and expand fiber broadband reach. BEC’s strategic initiatives each play a role in the overall goal of achieving member satisfaction.
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5/22/2020
A $16,212 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will provide the Waring Volunteer Fire Department with new bunker gear and swift-water rescue equipment.
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5/20/2020
A $39,600 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will help the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department replace its station’s worn-out roof.
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5/12/2020
A $19,998 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will help the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department purchase a much-needed all-terrain vehicle and vertical rescue equipment.
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5/11/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative has made significant progress expanding its fiber network over the past three years. By the end of April, BEC surpassed its 2020 year-end goal of connecting 1,000 additional members, and on May 1 reached another milestone of connecting 6,000 subscribers.
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5/6/2020
More than 500 BEC members lost power in the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 6, after a drunk driver destroyed two electric poles in the Boerne area.
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5/1/2020
As a critical infrastructure provider, Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) provides essential services of electricity and broadband to its members and was exempt from Governor Abbott’s social distancing and stay at home orders. Nevertheless, when the Governor issued these orders, BEC made changes to work locations and processes to protect the health and safety of our members.
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4/24/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently made a $1,500 contribution to each of the four local food pantries spread throughout its service territory to assist with increased demand on food supplies during the coronavirus crisis.
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4/21/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative recently expanded its free internet for education program to include Pipe Creek Christian School.
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4/15/2020
Six nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants for the first quarter. The BEC Foundation board awarded the grants based on its charitable giving guidelines and predetermined criteria.
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4/8/2020
The Bandera Electric Cooperative Board of Directors recently appointed Christopher Blakemore to its board as the interim District 7 Director. The District 7 Director represents Lakehills, Medina Lake, and Mico areas.
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3/31/2020
BEC Fiber, a division of Bandera Electric Cooperative, has temporarily increased existing broadband internet packages between 25 and 75 megabits per second up to 150 mbps to alleviate the need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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3/26/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative has been working with Bandera ISD to provide a no-cost solution to disadvantaged students who lack internet access amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.
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3/24/2020
Ten area students were recently selected as recipients of the Bandera Electric Cooperative Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2020-2021 school year.
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3/24/2020
Bandera Electric Cooperative has temporarily suspended disconnections and waived late fees to support its members who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) health event. This decision is meant to provide temporary relief to members during these challenging times.
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3/10/2020
Four area high school students will get the chance to see democracy in action this June at the 2020 National Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The all-expense paid trip is sponsored by Bandera Electric Cooperative.
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2/20/2020
BEC Fiber comes to the rescue of Bandera pharmacy after it loses internet, phone service and business.
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12/31/2019
Five nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants through the Members’ Choice Contest.
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11/14/2019
BEC and the Lower Colorado River Authority award $10,636 grant for new two-way radios to Utopia Volunteer EMS.
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11/14/2019
BEC and LCRA award $15,676 grant for new radios to aid first responders at Tarpley VFD.
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11/14/2019
BEC and LCRA award $23,000 grant to area veterans of foreign wars for buidling improvements in Comfort.
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11/1/2019
BEC competes at the 2019 International Lineman's Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas.
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10/30/2019
Before dawn on Tuesday, October 29, power went out for more than 3,900 members in the Leakey and surrounding areas. Bandera Electric Cooperative crews were quick to respond, and located the source of the problem on an LCRA transmission line just outside of the BEC service territory.
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10/4/2019
BEC recently presented The Comfort Education Foundation with a $2,500 donation for teacher classroom enhancement project grants at Comfort ISD.
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9/1/2019
The BEC Foundation recently granted more than $5,000 to organizations that provide services to youth in Bandera County.
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5/28/2019
BEC Solar, the renewable energy subsidiary of Bandera Electric Cooperative, recently completed the installation of its first commercial solar energy system at Bauhaus Media Group in San Antonio.
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5/20/2019
Bandera Electric Cooperative held its 80th Annual Meeting on May 18 at Mansfield Park in Bandera, and 350 member-owners and 128 guests attended. BEC CEO Bill Hetherington highlighted several areas of growth in 2018 for the cooperative.
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5/14/2019
1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Studies from the U.S. chamber and others have shown the massive impact connecting Texas could have. This is part one of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas.
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4/29/2019
In observance of national Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18, Bandera Electric Cooperative donated $3,000 to the Fallen Linemen Organization April 25.
 
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4/1/2019
Ten area outstanding students have been selected as recipients of the BEC Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2019-2020 school year.
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2/19/2019
Bandera, Texas - Four area high school students will get the chance to see democracy in action this June at the 2019 National Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The all-expense paid trip is sponsored by Bandera Electric Cooperative.
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2/19/2019
Bandera, Texas - On Friday, Feb. 15, employees from Bandera Electric Cooperative presented Comfort ISD with a check for $1,500 to fund their Shattered Dreams program. 
 
Shattered Dreams is a two-day, school-based program that promotes responsible decision-making among high school students regarding underage drinking and impaired driving. 
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1/18/2019
With the help of BEC members and employees, more than 250 coats were distributed in January.
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12/17/2018
The average internet speed in San Antonio puts it among the top five U.S. cities, according to internet speed tests captured by Ookla, a Seattle-based technology company.
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11/5/2018
For years, the top executive of a rural electric cooperative attempted to cajole major telecommunications companies to invest in fiber internet to connect residents between Austin and San Antonio — to no avail.
Since then, Bandera Electric Cooperative launched its own fiber internet business, BEC Fiber, and is ahead of projections to hook up 2,000 Texas Hill Country residents and companies northwest of San Antonio by the end of the year.
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10/10/2018
BEC is asking for your help this season. We will be collecting new and gently used coats through November 16, to give to those in need in the BEC service territory. Designated donation boxes are set up at our office locations in Bandera, Boerne, Comfort and Leakey.  
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8/23/2018
BEC members and employees help make the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive a success.
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8/13/2018
Upgrades underway for Leakey to Utopia transmission line in Bandera and Real counties.
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8/2/2018
BEC Fiber is adding connections at record speed.
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7/25/2018
BEC journeymen: Best in Texas!
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7/11/2018
BEC is taking donations for the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive at all office locations through Friday, August 17.
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6/21/2018
BEC employees hit a safety milestone in June.
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6/4/2018
BEC and the Lower Colorado River Authority awarded a $25,000 community development grant to the Bandera Natural History Museum. The museum will use the grant and more than $7,800 in matching contributions to install a new rainwater catchment system.
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6/4/2018
An area prone to flash flooding will get a new rescue vehicle thanks to a $16,512 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and BEC.
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6/1/2018
BEC Fiber is alerting its customers concerning the recent news of malicious software (malware) attacks on certain consumer grade routers. At least 500,000 small office/home office (SOHO) router devices in at least 54 countries could be infected by a sophisticated and potentially destructive malware known as “VPNFilter,” according to news outlets and Cisco’s cyber-intelligence unite Talos.
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