Aaro Broadband Wireless Communications on Tuesday said it has
received funding from the Oklahoma Municipal League to begin its
rural high-speed telecommunications project.
Ron Baker, president and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Aaro, said
the league provided more than $270,000 for Aaro to conduct
demonstration projects in the first three of nearly 50 small
Baker and Danny George, executive director of the Oklahoma
Municipal League, said the list of initial communities will be
announced when negotiations are completed between the league and the
"This capital infusion will allow us to go forward with this
project immediately," Baker said. "Our plan is to have the first
three communities on line by early March. We anticipate installing
service to all 45 targeted regional business airports by the end of
George said the project is designed to install Aaro high-speed
fixed-wireless Internet access at 45 regional airports in 44
Oklahoma communities. The agreement grew out of the Oklahoma
Regional Business Airport Summit in November 1-2.
George said a consortium consisting of Aaro, the league, the
Oklahoma Aeronautics and Space Commission and various public and
private entities was formed to target municipalities, seek funding
sources and deploy service throughout the state.
Baker said the consortium's high-speed telecommunications project
focuses on closing the Digital Divide between Oklahoma's rural
communities and its larger metropolitan areas. The goal of this
project is to install broad bandwidth wireless telecommunications
services throughout the state, creating a virtual community in which
the playing field is leveled between small and large communities,
Baker said. "This is a radical leap forward for telecommunications
Under last November's agreement, Aaro will provide service in
each community, initially to the local regional business airport.
With the assistance of the league and the Oklahoma Municipal Service
Corp., each municipality will be responsible for redistributing the
signal throughout the community using wireless telecommunications
Price hike notification
Unannounced price hikes in telephone service in Oklahoma would be
prohibited by a proposed law that was reviewed Tuesday by a
House Bill 1300 by Rep. Jack Bonny, D-Burns Flat, would require
any telephone or telecommunications company to provide its
residential customers with written notice at least 30 days prior to
implementing any rate increase.
The written notice could be an announcement included in a monthly
publication the company mailed along with the customer's bill, or it
could be a separate direct-mail piece, HB 1300 provides.
The proposed law would apply to local-exchange companies, long-
distance carriers and providers of operator service.
Bonny told members of the House Committee on Energy and Utility
Regulation that he would consent to extending the advance
notification requirement to any telephone service provider's
business customers as well as its residential customers.
Terra to restart plants
Terra Nitrogen Co. of Sioux City, Iowa, on Tuesday said it
expects to restart the idle plants at its Verdigris, Okla., facility
Terra's Blytheville, Ark., facility is expected to restart in
early March after some equipment is replaced. Terra is a leading
manufacturer of nitrogen fertilizer products.
Oklahomans who install a storm shelter would be eligible for a
tax exemption if an urban lawmaker's measure gets the green light.
Zenner named interim dean
Art Zenner has been named interim dean of the Business and
Information Technology Division at Rose State College.
Zenner has taught management courses at Rose State since 1975. He
is the Sam Walton fellow for Students in Free Enterprise at the