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Working Ranch April/May 2016

Like every good magazine out there we will print a few letters; some positive, some just blowing off steam, but we might have to edit them for content and length. If you’ve got something to say give us a shout, we’d love to hear from you. You can email it to tim@workingranchmag.com or send an old fashioned hand-written letter fresh off the kitchen table to: Tim O’Byrne, Editor/Publisher Working Ranch Magazine PO Box 91269 Henderson, NV 89009-1269 We look forward to reading your great letters. Keep ‘em coming. What about us, WR? Just wanted to send you an email to tell you folks just how much my family, neighbors and friends throughout the agricultural industry in the state of Wyoming enjoy Working Ranch Magazine! Only wish there were 12 issues per year versus six. After all the years of subscribing to WR and being extremely pleased with the information, articles and ads, I have to admit your March 2016 issue left me scratching my head a little bit and kicking the barn walls. The bur under my saddle pertains to your article titled No Bars? No Problem! You folks completely missed Rural America’s #1 advocate when it comes to providing wireless internet/VoIP/ data services to WR subscribers. Who would this be, you may ask? Well, it’s WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) and we have over 800 members consisting of wireless internet service providers, municipal wireless providers and electric and telephone cooperatives wireless service providers. We members support the industry, which delivers broadband internet to over 3 million users via 3,000 Internet Providers (ISPs) that serve both residential and business customers in often the most exclusively rural areas. Why is this bur under my saddle? Well, one reason is I am carrying on my great-grandfather’s outfi t located 20 miles West of Riverton, Wyoming. We are by no means a large outfi t. We truly wish we could ranch full time, but like so many agricultural families we also have to work off the farm/ ranch. This is where my second reason comes into play; I am the President of Wyoming’s largest Internet Service Provider to rural Wyoming, Wyoming. com, and we go where other providers (most listed in your article) will not go without being highly subsidized by the States or by the FCC. Not trying to pick a fi ght, just wanted to get this off my chest as Wyoming.com and a large majority of the rural Farming/ Ranching families here in Wyoming are still highly INDEPENDENT and SELF SUFFICIENT entities. Thanks for your time and patience and from all the folks here at Wyoming.com we wish you folks a successful 2016! OFF the Ranch Job: Mitch Benson President Wyoming.com Riverton, WY ON the Ranch Job: Mitch (day worker), Kris (Boss) and Harley (foreman) Benson OMR Ranch - Kinnear, WY Editor: Well, shoot, I take complete responsibility for the oversight, Mitch, I had no idea about you guys when I was laying out the assignment. Hopefully we can pluck that nasty bur off and calm you down a bit by printing this letter for all to read. Thanks for poppin’ my halter shank, I had it coming. I was so excited when I found an all black hat for our new little boy! We have Brangus cattle and most are all black. It’s hard to fi nd a solid black anything... Albert Fredrick Schober IV “Alek” Born December 8, 2015 Parents Rick and Rebecca Schober Orrville, Alabama JENNIFER PHARR PHOTOGRAPHY 10 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2016


Working Ranch April/May 2016
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