Long before the coronavirus made it necessary to shift from the traditional classroom to remote learning, distance learning was both a concept and a practice in K-12 education. Throughout its early 1900s introduction using instructional films and radio programs to its current set of online tools, remote learning has maintained the goal of delivering instruction into students’ homes. Although K-12 remote learning can facilitate teaching when in-person instruction is not feasible, many have expressed concerns over its effectiveness as a full-time substitute.
At Viaero Wireless, we like to attach a name to the friendly faces you interact with when you come into our stores. For this reason, we would like to introduce you to Charlotte Bolduc. She has been the manager of our Fort Morgan Viaero Wireless store for the past six years. However, she does more than serve our great community with their telecommunication needs.
Our Loup City, Nebraska store team recently facilitated the donation of homemade cinnamon rolls and iced coffee to healthcare workers at Rose Lane Nursing Home. The donation was provided by both Viaero Wireless and Loup City Diner, a local small business with owners that also wanted to help the community. Four dozen homemade cinnamon rolls from Loup City Diner and six gallons of iced coffee with creamer were delivered to the nursing home by the store manager, Melissa Dush, on the morning of April 15th. The delivery was coordinated with Rose Lane’s Director of Nursing, Andrea Obermiller.
School districts in rural communities can face significant challenges in the age of the digital classroom. Education Dive reports that four percent of public schools do not have high-speed or broadband internet connections. The majority of these schools are in rural communities. While four percent does not sound substantial, the problem is compounded by the fact that many of these schools’ students do not have broadband internet access at home.
More consumers are becoming concerned about the security of their data, especially personal information that is exchanged with businesses. The percentage of consumers who believe that they’ve lost the ability to control how their data is collected and used has been in the 80th percentile since 1999, according to Deloitte Insights. That figure spiked as high as 90 percent in 2014.
At Viaero, our goal is to provide our customers with a personalized experience, something our competitors don’t often do to the same extent. Bill Kubic, one of the top members of our e-commerce sales team believes this personalized experience makes a significant difference. He says “Viaero really sends the message that we value you. A big company saying that is a big deal.”
Two situations present the opportunity to place children in danger every day, according to Cora Linker, Director of Supply Chain Operations for Viaero Wireless. The first is placing them in a car and the second is exposing them to what’s on the internet. While smartphones are only one of the ways kids can get access to the internet, phones pose a real risk of being exposed to inappropriate and harmful content.
5G recently launched in select cities with download speeds of up to one gigabyte. The technology promises to reduce delays and increase speeds, but concerns remain about whether it will be able to close the broadband gap between urban and rural areas. Questions about whether rural communities will be ready for the new wireless standard mean residents may experience 5G speed much later.
March’s bomb cyclone blizzard brought historic and devastating levels of flooding to part of the Midwest, including Nebraska and Kansas. The flooding has been most significant in Nebraska, where major roads have been damaged and washed out. Several levees have broken, forcing evacuations and threatening many towns and cities across the state. Scenes of the Nebraska flooding have resembled images typically seen in coastal areas after a major hurricane.