Big Bend Telephone Co.

Alpine, Texas

Area served: 17,593 square miles

Population: 0.3 customers per square mile

Technical highlights: The company uses a mesh network of technologies including fiber, DSL, fixed wireless and satellite to provide service of up to 1GB. 

Science

Big Bend collaborated with the University of Texas (UT) and Texas Lone Star Network to serve the McDonald Observatory, the most remote facility in the UT organization. The observatory is home to one of the world’s largest optical telescopes, and is operated jointly with domestic and international institutions. The telescope, served with 500 Mbps, is essential for searches for planets around other stars, other galaxies, black holes and other phenomena.