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No-cost broadband expansion offered to schools, libraries and health care facilities, Oil & Gas Expo canceled

The 2019 Oil & Gas Expo in Oklahoma City had about 3,500 attendees. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
The 2019 Oil & Gas Expo in Oklahoma City had about 3,500 attendees. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

State fund picks up tab to extend bandwidth

The administrator of Oklahoma’s Universal Service Fund announced this week that a provision enabling fund-supported schools, libraries, mental health and healthcare facilities to continue to use increased internet bandwidths without extra costs will be extended through the end of this year.

In March, Administrator Brandy Wreath, director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Public Utility Division, announced the fund would pick up the tab for those supported entities to boost bandwidths available for use by their employees and clients because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally, Wreath planned to end that special allowance on Sept. 30.

This week, Wreath said entities that already have obtained approval to expand those services without costs won’t need to re-apply.

The administrator said entities that so far haven’t taken advantage of the allowance can contact service providers for details and availability.

Entity representatives with questions are asked to email Wreath at

OERB cancels plans for Oil & Gas Expo

The 2020 Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo has been canceled to protect the health and safety of exhibitors and attendees, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board announced Wednesday.

Officials said the Oct. 15 event would have been the 24th year it had been held.

“The Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo is a staple in our industry,” said Mindy Stitt, the OERB’s executive director. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to serve the oil and natural gas industry and will continue to support businesses and those who work in the industry.”

The related John C. Godwin Memorial Golf Tournament, however, will still be held Oct. 8 using safety protocols that follow CDC guidelines.

A limited number of Expo participants will be able to set up exhibits at every other hole to show off their wares.

A free-to-attend webinar that features companies and the services they provide also is planned.

“We believe providing a safe way to network is more important now than ever,” said Stitt.

Visit for more information on registering for the digital program or the golf tournament.