With few options in his remote location, one Viasat Internet customer relies on his satellite internet connection to run his IT consulting business.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Focus on West Virginia: mountainous terrain, rich natural resources – but falling behind in the digital age
With many of its residents in rural areas, the best digital inclusion solution for many homes and businesses is satellite broadband.
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 [...]
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 [...]
In the U.S., students are expected to have access to internet at home to complete assignments. Satellite broadband offers an opportunity to connect those households on the other side of the digital divide.
In the first of our series highlighting people in underserved areas, we visit a Mississippi teenager looking to improve her chances of success through online connectivity
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 [...]
Distance learning enables students in many rural areas to pursue their education, but a good internet connection is essential.