How Jaden Garza of Nomad Internet is Freeing the Next Generation of Digital Nomads
If there’s one thing that Jaden Garza realized early on in the creation of Nomad Internet, it was that RV park internet, especially rural internet, was poor at best. With high-speed internet being virtually impossible to find in parks, Jaden realized that many people who had embraced the nomadic lifestyle of full-time RV households while working remotely was challenging at best. Starting by providing rural RV parks with dependable high-speed internet, he quickly realized the true potential of LTE technology and began growing his company’s technological offerings to include a wide range of cellular-based routers. Now, instead of being tied to RV parks, he could offer high-quality, up to unlimited internet to travelers across the country.
How Jaden Garza is Freeing the Next Generation of Digital Nomads
After the first few months of shutdowns and stay-at-home orders of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers realized that not only could they work from home, but they could work from almost anywhere that had a reliable internet connection of sufficient quality. That’s part of how the company quickly grew from providing internet service to a few RV parks to nomadic RV households that wanted their own up to unlimited high-speed internet service. Having just hit 5,000 customers at the end of July 2020, the company then passed 10,000 customers in October of the same year, and then 20,000 customers in July 2021. This exponential growth was driven by the company’s dedicated customers, who were enjoying high-quality internet in virtually every location that they visited with cell signal.
Based on cellular technology, Jaden Garza’s products and services had been developed after their second RV park installation. Located in Seguin, Texas, the park had dismal rural internet service, when it had any service at all. Nomad Internet was called out to the park in July 2017, just a month after the company had been launched. Realizing that there was no better way to improve service to the park using traditional means, Jaden Garza worked to develop a new solution based on LTE technology. After the park realized outstanding success and amazing high-speed internet service, Jaden realized the true potential of the technology and began the development of a new product and service that could deliver even stronger results.
Though the company continued to provide park services to improve internet options, Jaden Garza worked with BaiCells Technology to develop and negotiate a licensed LTE technology kit, becoming one of the first owners of BaiCells’ LTE Base Station. This technology was first used in a park owned by Girl Scouts of America at San Jacinto, who had been told it would cost in excess of $100,000 to service the park. The much lower cost of Nomad Internet’s BaiCells Technology solution provided the park with outstanding service, causing Jaden Garza to consider moving Nomad Internet in a slightly different direction. Because the size of the LTE base station was so small, there was no reason why it couldn’t be marketed directly to the digital nomads themselves, rather than having to approach park after park to provide superior service.
This shift happened in early 2020, as full-time RV travelers began to increase in number due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many workers were suddenly shifted to remote work, due to stay-at-home and shutdown orders. This caused many individuals to re-think their work situation entirely and start looking at the possibilities of remote work. This included becoming RV nomads, both in parks and boondocking, or staying in remote locations for a lower to free overall cost. Setting up their solar panels and generators, these dedicated RV households realized that they would need internet service that extended far beyond a single cell phone signal. At this particular point, Nomad Internet quickly outgrew the couple’s home workspace to a shared office space, to a dedicated building on 10 beautiful acres in Texas hill country, including walking spaces and outdoor meeting locations, so that employees could enjoy regular exercise and the beautiful, inspiring vistas available in the area.
The company is continuing to grow based on its promise of no contract, no credit check, a 7-day no-risk guarantee and up to unlimited internet for all connected devices. The company also offers a referral program, where referring people to the company secures a free month of service per person, up to five people. Once the fifth person is reached, the referrer is provided with free internet for life. This may be a part of why the company has seen such a high rate of growth over the past couple of years.
Using two different types of routers in addition to bring-your-own-device options, the company provides routers that have the capability of upgrading the routers using a range of available antenna options to boost the signal. Of the two routers developed by Jaden Garza, one is a home or RV-based router, which takes up more space but delivers superior signal, while the other provides a more compact footprint that is better for digital nomads who are moving between AirBnB locations or who have limited space in their camper. By providing this level of capability, many new digital nomads have joined the movement, no longer tied to urban areas and internet cafes to see them through their work hours.
But beyond digital nomads, Nomad Internet is providing high-speed up to unlimited internet to another range of customers that Jessica and Jaden Garza didn’t necessarily consider when starting their business. Rural internet, often noted for high lag, poor speeds, and spotty service, quickly latched onto the company’s offerings, especially as rural workers decided to fulfill their ambitions to move out to the country while still being able to work from home. Rural households quickly realized that they could also enjoy high-speed internet using Nomad Internet’s offerings, provided that they had a cell signal at home. The ability to add different antennas to the router allowed even those with a weak signal to connect the company’s routers to the cell service in their area, providing the homeowners with an entirely new way to stay connected to the rest of the world.
Though poor rural internet speeds used to hinder the digital nomad, Nomad Internet has solved that problem and created solid solutions, making it much easier for rural customers and RV nomads to enjoy the benefits of high-speed internet while still being able to travel at their leisure. This capability will allow many more to follow in those footsteps, allowing the remote workforce to continue long after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. As our world sweeps through digital transformation, technologies like Nomad Internet are not only here to stay, but are here to flourish. Without developments like those made by Jaden Garza, our world would become stagnant and trapped in the same urban rat race that has plagued the past century. With developments like these, the world can fight the disparity between urban and rural communications.