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North America

Satellite gives West Virginia farm family a critical link to the world

Every day, Vanessa Viers watches as her son Jeremy tends to his chickens and collects eggs from the coop he constructed in their rural West Virginia backyard. Jeremy, who has autism, began raising chickens when he joined Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Viers is overjoyed to know he’s found something that he’s passionate about. “I don’t even know how to explain it,” Viers said. “He’s just blossomed.” Jeremy learns how to tend to his chickens and conducts research for [...]

Aug 21, 2018|

After floods, connectivity became critical for West Virginia grandmother

In 2016, a thousand-year downpour in West Virginia resulted in deadly floods. “It was devastating,” said Julia Morgan, a West Virginia resident. “It washed out a lot of our roads, people lost their homes, and many members of our community lost their lives.” After the flood, Morgan knew more so than ever that she needed online connectivity at her rural family home. “We don’t have a house phone, and it’s not uncommon out here to go for days without talking [...]

Aug 9, 2018|

Satellite broadband allows family to stop chasing Wi-Fi in Mississippi

Like many living in rural areas without good internet options, April Vanderford was constantly searching for Wi-Fi – literally chasing a signal around Burton, Mississippi. “We’re constantly on the move, worrying about where we could go for internet,” Vanderford said. “We don’t have time to sit and do stuff together because we’re always in a hurry.” Despite such an inconvenience, Vanderford stays in Burton because she loves the lifestyle it provides. She appreciates how safe her neighborhood is, enjoys her [...]

Jul 27, 2018|

In small-town Mississippi, a mother seeks connection with the help of satellite

Cheryl Moss enjoys what Prentiss County, Mississippi has to offer – she feels at home in her community, likes her church group and is fond of the simple, small town life. “People in Prentiss County are very nice, very friendly,” Moss said. “It’s all about family, church, and doing for each other. Neighbors check on neighbors, and that’s just the way of life.” But Prentiss County lacks one critical feature: reliable internet connectivity. Boonville is the nearest town with accessible [...]

Jul 24, 2018|

Focus on Mississippi, a state of deep history, rolling hills and broadband opportunity

With its rolling hills, storied history, Southern charm and laid-back way of life, Mississippi has a lot to offer its residents. But when it comes to high-speed internet connectivity, the Magnolia State is a land of opportunity. People living in rural Mississippi communities are part of the digital divide, a gap that leaves them without the same educational, health care and socioeconomic opportunities as those who live just miles away in cities. In Mississippi alone, about 892,000 of its nearly [...]

Jul 12, 2018|
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