Cotulla Cell Phone Problems Caused by the Influx of Workers

Cellular companies can’t keep up with the oil companies:

Downtown Cotulla is booming these days thanks to the Eagle Ford shale that has drawn thousands of people to the area.Not only are roads crowded, impromptu trailer and RV communities have popped up because there is no place to live.It’s also hard to get a bite to eat in Cotulla because restaurants are packed.But there is one other problem that nobody anticipated: Residents say cell phone service is now spotty at best.

“At first, I thought it was my cell phone that was having the issue,” said school counselor Nanette Garcia. “I wasn’t getting service or bars or couldn’t receive or make calls.”Garcia then got a new phone and the problems continued for her and co-worker Norma Cantu at Frank Newman Middle School.Their guess: the cell towers are overloaded.”We’ve got like 4,000 more people in our community and if a tower can only handle 1,500 users, that means a whole lot of people don’t have a phone that they can use,” Garcia said.

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Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth DuBose is the past President of Cheyenne Minerals Inc., an independent oil and gas operator. He began his energy industry career with ARCO Oil & Gas. Mr. DuBose then directed development of natural gas storage projects with Tejas Power Corp. He was a founding member of U.S. Minerals, (acquired by Torch Energy in 1999) a provider of internet based education for America’s mineral owners. Mr. DuBose holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has served on various industry steering committees, non-profit boards, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the American Association of Professional Landmen, as well as being a Registered Investment Advisor. He writes on topics of oil and gas investing, wealth management and personal finance, having appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Houston Business Journal, Financial Advisor and various radio and TV outlets.

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