The AirLink Internet Story

In May of 2010, AirLink Internet Service was formed to provide high-speed internet service to the rural areas of Mounds, OK in southern Creek County. We approached the City of Sapulpa and asked if we could lease space on top of their 2 water tanks. Sapulpa was very supportive and asked if we could serve residents of their city as well. With a water tank lease and the purchase of a small 48-foot tower which we installed near Mounds, OK, AirLink Internet was born, and we ended 2010 with 27 customers.

Today we cover 7 counties in North East Oklahoma and provide internet service from 3Mb to 15Mb in most locations with new areas opening every month.

Customer Service

We are a local business, with local owners and employees that live within our service area. We answer the phones 12-hours a day from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays. Service requests can always be opened 24/7 online at: http://airlinkinternet.net/support.php.

When you contact AirLink by phone or email, you will always be provided with a high level of customer service. We know that our business depends on our customers and in many cases our customers are our neighbors.

Meet The AirLink Team

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Mike Whelan

CEO / Co-Founder

Mike began his career in the semiconductor industry programming “chips” with Boolean Algebra. This work led to a deep understanding of integrated circuits and a 15-year career as a sales engineer and sales manager covering the greater Los Angeles area.

After a very successful Silicon Valley career, Mike and his family decided to leave the hustle and bustle of city life and move to a quieter part of the country. They settled just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the surrounding area, Native American tribes were building casinos at an explosive rate and International Game Technology (IGT), the world’s largest slot machine manufacturer and gaming systems provider, offered Mike a position as a Systems Engineer and they spent the next 10 years together.

In Oklahoma and across the country, technology was booming and people were in need of internet services. However, Oklahoma had very little infrastructure. Most rural Oklahomans, including Mike, did not have access to the internet. In 2010, Mike created a solution for himself and his community by founding AirLink Internet Services. He currently serves as its CEO.

In 2014, Mike founded FiberLink to provide 1Gb fiber-to-the-home internet service in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He currently serves as its CEO.

Mike and his wife Crystal have been married 27 years and they have two sons, one is a field technician at AirLink and the other is a senior in high school.

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David R. Widdoes

General Counsel

David is a native of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, where he graduated high school in 1982. In 1986, David received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (with distinction) from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was part of UCO’s nationally competitive NDT debate program. In 1989, David received his Juris Doctor (with distinction) from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he attended as Hatton W. Sumners Scholar and was inducted into The Order of Barristers after earning American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in Contracts, Civil Procedure, Oil & Gas and Criminal Law.

After a successful seven year association with an Oklahoma City firm, David returned home to Sapulpa in 1996 to establish his private practice: The Law Offices of David R. Widdoes, PLLC. Since 1999, David has been honored to represent the City of Sapulpa as its City Attorney. During his career, David has represented a variety of prominent enterprises with a special focus on complex civil litigation, governmental regulatory compliance, labor, employment, real estate, communications law and business. Reported decisions include: Shamrock Drilling Fluids Inc. v. Miller, 32 F.3d 455 (10th Cir. 1994); ARW Exploration Corp. v. Aguirre, 45 F.3d 1455 (10th Cir. 1995); and Schooley v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., 107 F.3d 21, 1997 WL 45271 (10th Cir. 1997). Since 2005, in addition to working as a practicing attorney, David enjoys sharing his experience as an adjunct professor of Criminal Evidence for the Criminal Justice Degree program at Tulsa Community College.

“When I started practicing law, the world-wide web was just beginning --- now, the internet is an essential component of everyday life. In 2010, I joined the extraordinary team at AirLink because I believe in its mission --- making the internet available to improve the quality of lives in our community.” Whether in the courtroom, the boardroom or the classroom, David remains dedicated to providing the highest quality representation and producing creative, valuable results for his clients. David and his wife, Gloria, have been married 20 years and have two daughters they enjoy raising in Sapulpa.

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Malessa Dunegan

Operations Manager

Malessa Dunegan was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised in Collinsville, OK where she graduated high school in 1992. In 1998 Malessa moved to Beggs, OK where she has lived for the past 20 years.

In 2005, Malessa began a career in education where she held various positions working with students in academic subject areas as well as helping students learn life skills such as teamwork, following rules, and responsibility. Malessa is a caring individual who has a passion for helping people and has excellent communication skills.

Malessa joined the AirLink team in 2015. She began in customer service answering phone calls, scheduling field work and coordinating company activities. Her knowledge of computers and love for learning quickly made her an important team member and she was promoted to Operations Manager.

As AirLink’s Operations Manager, Malessa oversees all company activities including Customer Service, Field Technicians and Network Operations.

Malessa and her husband, Brian, have been married for 20 years. Together they have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.

Need Help? Call us at 918-853-5994.