Growing a small business can be a herculean task. Succeeding requires determination, hard work and passion. The Silguero family possesses all the above. They have grown SS MotorTrendz over the years into a thriving small business in Angleton, Texas. On any given day, you’ll find the family – Dad, Mom, and their two adult daughters – at the auto repair shop helping customers.
“Working with my family here at SS MotorTrendz, it’s huge to me,” Lupita Silguero said. “We’re growing a business. It’s really special.”
Jerry and Lupita Silguero credit part of their success to reliable, high-speed Internet powered by Comcast Business. Before Comcast built their state of the art network, the Silgueros said connectivity proved elusive. They describe a previous provider’s service as spotty and unreliable. Lupita Silguero said Wi-Fi is critical in the family-owned shop.
“Our technicians, they’re using their scan tools to read codes and to diagnose the vehicle,” Lupita Silguero explained. “The girls are using it to look up products and also order products electronically.”
Communities like Angleton represent the allure of rural Texas. Chris Whittaker is Angleton’s City Manager. When he first arrived on the job, Whittaker said he heard directly from residents who wanted more Internet options.
“I think rural Texas is the place affected the most by the lack of the Internet,” Whittaker said. “We’re thankful that Comcast realized that was a challenge we had in Angleton and aggressively took that on, providing options to residents.”
More than 7,500 homes and businesses in the City of Angleton now have access to Comcast’s new $8 million fiber-rich network. The next-generation network gives residents access to reliable and fast internet speeds that outperform competitors – up to 1.2 gigabits per second (Gbps) and business owners up to 100 Gbps. Additional efforts are underway to continue expanding Comcast’s network in the surrounding areas.
“If I was going to compare high-speed internet to an engine in the automotive world,” Jerry Silguero said. “I would say it’s like having a super-charged vehicle, very fast. Turbo, super-charged is what you’re looking for in a performance vehicle. Adding high-speed performance in your Internet speed is what you’re looking for in Internet connectivity.”
To celebrate the new network, Comcast invested in the greater community by donating 100 laptops and $10,000 to the United Way of Brazoria County, which is working to shrink the digital divide in the Angleton area. Community leaders celebrated news of the donation at Angleton’s “Concert in the Park” Diva Mania night on September 16th.
“Having an equal opportunity to connect to the power of the Internet opens doors for the innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators within our communities,” Misha McClure, Comcast Director of External Affairs, said. “We are thrilled to make this investment in the City of Angleton and look forward to furthering our footprint into new neighboring areas.”