Fixing Up Waco, Texas
The stars of “Fixer Upper” have been shining a bright spotlight on Waco, Texas. Along with the popularity of their HGTV show, came tourists by the droves – an estimated 30,000 per week!
These days, Chip and Joanna Gaines are busy launching their own TV network through Discovery, Inc. and overseeing a $10.4 million expansion of Magnolia Market at the Silos. Deemed as an economic catalyst for Waco, even more growth is predicted for the community. In fact, communications giant AT&T chose this location for the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave, unveiling the potential for the next generation of connectivity and innovation. Growth definitely equals fiber installation in today’s world of construction. Dura-Line’s conduit is being deployed to not only handle today’s connectivity needs, but also those of the future.
Striking Gold in Deadwood, South Dakota
Devotees of HBOs “Deadwood” TV series (and the subsequent movie by the same name) are flocking to get a taste of the Old West – well, Hollywood's version of it anyway, because that's the Old West that we all know and love. The TV series won eight Emmy Awards, with a total of 28 nominations, and one Golden Globe Award, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest dramas of all time.
By all accounts, the actual town of Deadwood, South Dakota, should be a ghost town, but the leadership didn’t gamble with the vitality of this community. Rather than falling prey to the digital rust belt, this vibrant stagecoach-stop attracts new businesses who are hanging out shingles offering a variety of jobs. Homesteaders have plenty of reasons to love their hometown, including gig service and their choice of five internet providers. The town-reinvented itself with the return of its “lawless ways” by legalizing gambling and promoting Vegas-style hotels, spas, concerts, and casinos. Sightseers visit the museums and historic sites just to be able to walk in the footsteps of legendary figures like Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Seth Bullock, and Calamity Jane.
So now, when a gunfight breaks out in the street, only blanks are used, and the city depends on their reliable, low latency internet connection to live stream the performances via webcams. Of course, there are also heaps of visitors filming the action on their cell phones and posting online, thanks to the fast fiber connection provided in a Dura-Line conduit.