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Are Rural Communities Ready for 5G Phones?

Posted by Helen Akers on Apr 15, 2019 4:15:37 PM

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.

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Topics: data, smartphone, rural, 5G

Nebraska Strong: Helping Communities and Flood Victims Recover

Posted by Helen Akers on Mar 22, 2019 4:40:46 PM

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.

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Topics: community, nebraska, flood relief

4 Ways Universal Service Fees Make Wireless Service & High-Speed Internet Affordable

Posted by Helen Akers on Mar 22, 2019 4:38:52 PM

 

Have you ever wondered why a universal service fund charge shows up on your wireless bill? Or what types of taxes and fees you pay each month and why? While many subscribers voice complaints about taxes and fees, the universal service fund plays a critical role in providing affordable phone and internet services.

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Topics: community, internet, wireless, rural, service fee

Comparing Top TV Shows Between Urban and Rural America

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 11, 2019 2:42:20 PM

The divide between urban and rural areas includes more than the availability of broadband internet. Preferences in entertainment and television shows are also deeply divided between urban and rural communities. According to research compiled by Josh Katz of The Upshot, there are differences between popular television shows in these areas.

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Topics: community, rural, tv, entertainment

8 Pinterest Boards to Follow Featuring Rural Communities

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 25, 2019 1:22:40 PM

In the digital age, appreciation for rural communities and lifestyles has surfaced in unique ways. Online platforms, such as Pinterest, that are driven by user content have become places to exchange ideas and inspiration. As a result, several users are sharing visual images and memes that reflect rural lifestyles. From pictures of rural landscapes, farmhouses, interior designs, and common pastimes, we’ve found several Pinterest boards about rural communities that are worth following.

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Topics: community, agriculture, rural, Pinterest

3 Ways Business Owners Can Save on Wireless Phone Service

Posted by Helen Akers on Dec 10, 2018 11:54:22 AM

Keeping up with the day to day operations of a business can take most of an owner’s time. Saving money on operating expenses is a priority, but it can also take time to investigate the best available wireless plans and phones. To help save time, business owners often rely on carriers to provide advice about wireless technology expenses.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, wireless, business

Two Reasons Cord Cutting is Increasing in Rural Communities

Posted by Helen Akers on Nov 16, 2018 6:50:32 PM

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.

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Topics: data, wireless, rural

Why We Love Rural Communities (And You Should, Too!)

Posted by Helen Akers on Nov 12, 2018 2:23:56 PM

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.

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Topics: community, rural

Community Spotlight: Lamar, Colorado

Posted by Helen Akers on Oct 9, 2018 4:40:23 PM

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.

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Topics: Community Events, community, lamar

The Link between High-Speed Internet and Rural Community Engagement

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 19, 2018 12:24:43 PM

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.

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Topics: community, internet