Demonstrating the advantages of high-speed Internet access for families, businesses and communities in rural parts of Texas, the Internet Road Show made a stop Friday at The University of Texas-Pan American.
The five-hour program at the International Trade and Technology Building examined Internet access, availability of advanced services and public sector funding. Gene Crick, executive director of TeleCommunity Resource Center, served as host.
Angel Moreno of Workforce Solutions in Edinburg learned how to help rural Rio Grande Valley businesses become a part of and utilize the Internet.
"Traditionally, most local businesses could only do business with other local people," Moreno said. "But when you're on the Internet, you can go statewide, throughout the nation and even other parts of the world."
UTPA faculty and staff also used the opportunity to learn more about worldwide telecommunication.
"I'm really excited about the information I'm getting on wireless communication," said librarian Virginia Haynie Gause. "It's important to know about the different choices we have because the technology changes daily. It's a really nice opportunity to have this kind of information."
Another Internet access tool for rural areas is the University's NETMobile, a 38-foot trailer equipped with nine Pentium-based computers and state-of-the-art two-way satellite transmission. It has been used throughout South Texas to educate students, business owners, teachers, farmers, government officials and others about the Internet.