BEC News

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At BEC, we believe we’re here to care for each other. Our commitment to community means we are there for our members when they need us most. Effective immediately, we will suspend energy and broadband disconnects while our community faces business and school closures in response to the COVID-19 health event.
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.
BEC Fiber comes to the rescue of Bandera pharmacy after it loses internet, phone service and business.
Bandera Electric Cooperative will hold the Annual Meeting of the Membership on a new day, at a new time, in a new place, and will offer a free barbecue dinner for members who RSVP in advance.
Five nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants through the Members’ Choice Contest.
BEC and the Lower Colorado River Authority award $10,636 grant for new two-way radios to Utopia Volunteer EMS.
BEC and LCRA award $15,676 grant for new radios to aid first responders at Tarpley VFD.
BEC and LCRA award $23,000 grant to area veterans of foreign wars for buidling improvements in Comfort.
BEC competes at the 2019 International Lineman's Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas.
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.
Mobile technology has come a long way, and while SmartHub has been a great resource for our members, it’s time to bring it into the future. This month, a new upgrade will roll out for the SmartHub mobile application that will help users get to the features they need quickly and efficiently.
BEC recently presented The Comfort Education Foundation with a $2,500 donation for teacher classroom enhancement project grants at Comfort ISD.
Each year, BEC offers scholarships to eligible high school seniors and currently enrolled postsecondary students. BEC is committed to the education of our members and their children—our leaders of tomorrow.
The BEC Foundation recently granted more than $5,000 to organizations that provide services to youth in Bandera County.
Bandera Electric Cooperative is extending its commercial solar business into San Antonio with the installation of panels on the roof of Bauhaus Media Group.
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.
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.
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.
In observance of national Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18, Bandera Electric Cooperative donated $3,000 to the Fallen Linemen Organization April 25.
Ten area outstanding students have been selected as recipients of the BEC Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2019-2020 school year.
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.
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. 
With the help of BEC members and employees, more than 250 coats were distributed in January.
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.
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.
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.  
BEC members and employees help make the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive a success.
Upgrades underway for Leakey to Utopia transmission line in Bandera and Real counties.
BEC Fiber is adding connections at record speed.
BEC journeymen: Best in Texas!
BEC members and employees help make the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive a success.
BEC is taking donations for the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive at all office locations through Friday, August 17.
BEC employees hit a safety milestone in June.
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.
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.
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.