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09-26-17
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Aims to Bridge the Digital Divide
By Rachel O'Morrow
Over the past several weeks Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai traveled to Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and other states to solve the rural broadband deficiency in America. During his trip he toured 911 call centers and joined in on roundtable discussions with emergency officials and school officials on why rural internet access is crucial for education and agriculture. Chairman Pai understands that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation, which will ultimately provide the same resources and efficient communication for all.   He tracked his travel via Twitter which kept followers updated on his progress. His first stop was at Saline County, Illinois at a 911 facility. Fifteen counties in Illinois collaborated to create an advanced 911 broadband access in rural areas, Chairman Pai recognized that this provides greater location accuracy in emergencies. In more efforts to bridge the Digital Divide, he visited with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and...
09-22-17
Catching Up with Digital Works Graduates
By Rachel O'Morrow
One of the greatest accomplishments Digital Works has is its graduates. Hours spent in the classroom and learning new tech and customer service skills pay off for graduates such as Amy Ferguson and Judy Moody.  Both women believe they owe much of their success and new-found careers to the Digital Works program and its staff. Amy Ferguson landed a job immediately after graduating from Digital Works. She received resume assistance from Digital Works facilitator Tammy Spring, which she believes helped her get her new job. “People in the class come from different generations and backgrounds, but topics were explained so that everyone could understand and comprehend,” Ferguson said. “The effect Digital Works has left on me is everlasting…I became a better person, learned something new every day and many of my skills have improved.” Judy Moody agrees. She graduated from Digital Works and began working in telecommunications with JCPenney. Since then, she...
09-12-17
Equifax Data Breach: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself
By Connected Nation
Last week, another large data breach affected nearly half of all Americans. Equifax reported that hackers obtained personal information from 143 million U.S. consumers. Though details on the extent of the breach are still coming out, it’s a reminder of the risks that consumers and businesses face each day due to data breaches, and the steps that each of us can take to protect ourselves. Hackers were able to get names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Many experts are labelling this data breach as possibly one of the worst and most severe to date. A credit card can be canceled. A password can be reset. But your social security number and birth date are for life. If you are a victim, your information may no longer be protected. Are you a victim of the Equifax data breach? Find out at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. Don’t go to the site unless you are using a secure computer and Internet connection. If the...
09-11-17
Teleworkers: It’s Time to Leave the House
By Jessica Denson
The Loft, a co-working space, recently opened in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and those behind the nonprofit venture are inviting you to expand your workspace. “I’m a fairly new full-time resident to the Harbor Springs area, and I’ve been a remote worker in a number of positions throughout my career,” said Bill Mulder (pictured left, center), a board member of Harbor, Inc. “Working from home can be productive and effective, but it can also be lonely and isolating. The Loft invites people to get out of their basements and into a social, fun working environment, especially on dark, winter days.” The Loft is located at 152 East Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. The 1,400 square foot space sits on the second floor and offers high-speed internet, a friendly, open space to network, and places to telework, including three stand-up desks. Rachel Smolinski (pictured left, in red) is the Executive Director of Harbor, Inc. She’s been kicking around...