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  • What is a Smart Rural Community?

    Oct 1, 2017, 07:00 AM by Natalie Johnson
    You’ve heard of smart homes, smart phones, and the smart grid, which all rely on broadband technology to operate more effectively and efficiently. The same technology can be used to enhance entire communities.
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  • What is a Smart Farm?

    Sep 1, 2017, 07:00 AM by Natalie Johnson
    It’s an exciting time to be in farming. With an expected 9.6 billion people to feed by 2050, the agriculture industry must continuously find ways to produce more food more easily.
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  • Is That Bad Review a Good Idea?

    Aug 1, 2017, 00:00 AM by Natalie Johnson
    Customer reviews carry a lot of weight with other customers (or would-be customers). Five-star reviews can bring floods of news customers, while negative reviews can bury a small business...
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  • Phone Scams: Caller ID Spoofing

    Jun 1, 2017, 00:00 AM by Natalie Johnson
    In a previous article, we talked about robocall phone scams —unsolicited automated calls with pre-recorded messages. As frustrating (and illegal) as these calls are themselves, another phone scam threat (which can include robocalls) is caller ID spoofing...
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  • Phone Scams: Stopping Robocalls

    Jun 1, 2017, 00:00 AM by Natalie Johnson
    Unsolicited phone calls have always been annoying, but the market has gotten a lot more sophisticated over the years—and don’t always involve a person on the other end of the line. Robocalls—auto-dialed calls with prerecorded messages (or even texts) that you didn’t ask for—can be an occasional annoyance or a constant intrusion. Here’s what you need to know...
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  • National vs. Rural Internet Pricing

    May 1, 2017, 00:00 AM by Natalie Johnson
    When you live in a small town (especially if you were once a city-dweller), you love the pace of life but may miss one major perk: high-speed internet at urban pricing. You may even think, “Well, I guess I don’t really need the speed.” Or you might just grumble, “How can they charge these rates?”...
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