Rural communities maintain active subscriptions to cable television at a rate of 28 percent, according to a SmartBrief article by Kelly Mertesdorf. The reasons why cable subscribers decide to cut the cord can include frustration with the cable provider, but the cost and price increases are the number one driver. With a multitude of non-live and live TV streaming options, the challenges for rural communities in embracing this trend are affordability and access to high-speed internet.
Life in rural communities offers multiple benefits, driving Millennials, families, and individuals to seek a new, peaceful existence. While a common perception is Millennials prefer to choose a life in the city, some are making the move to areas with fewer populations. According to Wells Fargo, a higher quality of life and greater affordability are the main reasons why Millennials choose to live in rural communities. Improved quality of life and a lower cost of living are undoubtedly why many move to or stay put in a rural area.
Lamar’s population is made up of nearly 8,000 residents and sits in southeastern Colorado, 108 miles east of Pueblo and 129 miles southeast of Colorado Springs. Born from a railroad depot along the Santa Fe Trail in the mid-1800s, the city got its name from Lucius Quintius Lamar. Lucius was Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of the Interior at the time of the city’s founding.
Adoption of high-speed internet service in rural areas can add value to the lives of residents and community-based services. While many recognize access to broadband and other forms of high-speed internet can help improve rural economies and healthcare services, the adoption of high-speed internet can also help increase community involvement. Although residents of rural communities tend to have higher levels of engagement, involvement levels increased even more when residents used the internet, according to an Oklahoma State University study.
Our Nebraska stores have been busy this summer giving back to Viaero’s communities by sponsoring “Dogs Across America” events. The Wayne store hosted the first “American Hot Dog Tour” event in March and April of this year, as well as the first “Hot Dogs Across the World” event, featuring international style dogs, in June and July.
Holyoke, Colorado is located near the Colorado-Nebraska state line, with a population of approximately 2,263. Holyoke is one of the more economical places to live in Colorado, with average home values at 49.5 percent below state averages. The town’s motto, “City of Pride and Progress,” is a testament to the grit and dedication of the area’s residents.
Brush, Colorado is a community of close to 5,500 residents, located on the eastern plains 58 miles from Greeley. The city’s slogan is “Hometown Happiness,” which represents the area’s close-knit and neighbor friendly feel. As the mayor, Rick Bain stated, “we certainly are a community of great human resources.” Brush is a city known for its “can do attitude,” reflected in the exclamation point following its name.
The Spring Fire began on Wednesday, June 27th in Costilla County, Colorado. According to Denver-based Channel 7 News, the fire is currently the largest burning blaze in the state, covering over 56,800 acres. With only ten percent containment as of July 3rd, several highways into the area remain closed. Evacuations and pre-evacuations are also underway in Huerfano and Costilla counties.
Viaero Wireless will once again be sponsoring this year’s Bobstock Music Festival. The summer festival is held annually in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Bobstock will be in City Park on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. All of the concerts are free to attend and tickets are not required.
Embarking upon a singing career is something up and coming country star Lexi Larsen knew she wanted to do from the age of four. Describing her musical style as “a sound that I love,” with the “best stories and events that have happened to me,” Larsen made the decision to move to Nashville following high school.