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Helen Akers

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5 Ways to Keep Your Personal Information Secure in the Digital Age

Posted by Helen Akers on Jul 3, 2019 5:53:44 PM

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.

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Topics: data, internet, security, personal information

Viaero Employee Spotlight: E-Commerce’s Bill Kubic Makes a Positive Impact

Posted by Helen Akers on May 17, 2019 2:20:42 PM

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.”

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Topics: community, smartphone, wireless

Smartphone Safety Tips: Protecting Children from Inappropriate Content

Posted by Helen Akers on May 3, 2019 9:29:39 AM

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.

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Topics: smartphone, apps, kids, safety

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