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Odessa-Texas-Digital-Divide-Internet-Fiber-HighspeedWhen Crystal Macias needed to register her four sons for classes, she couldn’t simply hop online. Instead she had to hop in her car for a half-hour trip from her home in the tiny community of Pleasant Farms to the public library in Odessa, where she could use the free Wi-Fi. As she passed pump jacks and isolated mobile homes along the way, the drive took her from one side of the digital divide to the other.Macias and her family, along with an estimated nearly one million other Texans, live without reliable high-speed internet because their homes are far from the existing telecommunication infrastructure that could provide it.For years, residents of rural areas of the Permian Basin, like the Maciases, have used a patchwork of…

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