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Community Website Partnership: Informing, Inspiring, and Promoting Resilience in Rural Oregon

October 6, 2021

By Brooke Nuckles Gentekos and Rhianna Simes, M.S. Ed. When the wildfires ravaged Southern Oregon in 2020, folks living in rural areas did not know where to turn for current information and updates. Rural residents from the Illinois Valley searched for news from the larger nearby towns, but could not find updates that were impacting…

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Remembering Jeff Rhoden

October 5, 2021

7/24/1972-8/4/2021 By Jeff Rhodenvia his LinkedIn Profile After a two week battle with COVID, 49 year old Jeff Rhoden passed away. He is survived by his wife and 4 children and left a huge hole in southern Oregon. Jeff was a community minded Telecommunications Business Entrepreneur and will be greatly missed. Below is his self…

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Remembering Greg Palser

October 5, 2021

9/12/1952-7/12/2021 By Ed Parker Greg Palser was a smart entrepreneur who pioneered the way to use public fiber-optic cable to expand broadband services to rural Oregon communities. He started an internet access company in Newport Oregon in the early 1990s. He understood the limitations of dial-up internet access and the benefits of broadband for rural…

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Meet the NWTA 
Northwest Telecommunications Association

October 5, 2021

The NWTA (Northwest Telecommunications Association) is an industry association created by small competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in Oregon with the intent to serve CLECs in Oregon, Washing and Idaho.  It was formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(6).  The NWTA telecommunication provider members deliver service over wireless, copper, coaxial and over 6,000 miles of fiber…

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SOREDI Spotlight on Innovative Internet

October 5, 2021

By Abigail SkeltonProject Managersoredi.org In late 2019, SOREDI (Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.) and numerous partner agencies participated in the creation of a robust and updated regional strategy for the benefit of all Southern Oregon. One of the tactics outlined in this One Rogue Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS, 3.4) is: Support expanded…

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Our Digital Imperative

October 5, 2021

By Rey RamseyFounder and CEOcentri-tech.com In this Digital Age, Americans must decide whether we want an economically inclusive society where all people have the essential assets to sustain and advance themselves, or the status quo, that allows so many to fall outside of the economic mainstream. In an information-driven society, everyone needs the capacity to…

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Is Rural Electrification the Model for Rural Broadband?

October 5, 2021

As a nation, we can and should build fiber to every rural home, farm and business. A New Covenant. By Jonathan ChambersConexonconexon.us It has become fashionable of late to reference the rural electrification movement of the 1930s and 1940s as a template for closing the digital divide in rural America. That is a great testament…

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Conexon releases Interactive Map to showcase Areas that are unserved defined by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

October 5, 2021

We have created a state map, county by county, displaying unserved and underserved as well as areas where there has been CAF and RDOF funds, and the cost of building fiber to every unserved home in the state. We’ve also estimated the amount of funding that will be allocated to Oregon under the Senate Infrastructure…

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The Magick Net Story

October 5, 2021

By Harold Millerharold.p@miller.org In September 1995, there were several of us at Rogue Community College who were actively involved in Bulletin Boards. You had to pay long distance charges back then to dial into a server, even if it was in the next county. Together we formed the Josephine County Internet Council and met at…

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The Open Door Networks Story

October 5, 2021

By Alan Oppenheimer I left Apple in late 1994 to move to Ashland and start an Internet provider (ISP). I had worked on dial-up networking at Apple, and the Internet was just starting, so a dial-up Internet company for Macs seemed like a good idea. I started Open Door Networks here at the same time as some SOU…

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Building Broadband Action Teams 
in Rural Communities

October 5, 2021

Broadband is a foundational tool for rural communities to ensure their residents are able to participate in economic and workforce opportunities, telehealth, distance learning, and to help overcome social isolation.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, rural communities have been rapidly challenged to rapidly connect their residents with broadband services. While programs through schools and other public…

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Connecting Oregon

October 5, 2021

By Chris Tamarin The Oregon Connections Telecommunications conference is in its twenty-fifth year.  It is a conference that was ahead of its time in recognizing the essential nature of state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure to Oregon. Over this span of time, the internet has emerged as the global platform for communication, business, government, education, healthcare, energy management,…

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