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Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Broadband offers benefits across Mountain State

Editor’s Note: “Wild, Wonderful & Wired” is a collaboration of Mission West Virginia, Future Generations Graduate School and Frontier Communications.

Wild, Wonderful & Wired — Provided through a collaboration of Mission West Virginia, Future Generations Graduate School and Frontier Communications
Wild, Wonderful & Wired — Provided through a collaboration of Mission West Virginia,
Future Generations Graduate School and Frontier Communication

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Technology is changing the world. It has since the first manmade tools.Today, new technologies continue to change the way we do our jobs, manage our households, teach children and adults, care for ourselves physically, access entertainment, and communicate with one another.Broadband – described as a super-fast network that provides personal and commercial communications and access to the Internet – is game-changing technology.  It links our computers almost instantaneously to the outside world.

This new column – “Wild, Wonderful, & Wired” – will provide readers with information that explains what broadband can do and how real people and organizations across West Virginia are making use of technology that was barely known just 20 years ago.

Our nation’s and communities’ leaders – from Washington, D.C., to Charleston to our county seats – see advantages to citizens having access to computers that connect to broadband networks. And here is the best news of all: Acquiring a computer and accessing broadband can be affordable. Literally tens of thousands of West Virginia residents – including those who live in the most rural areas of our mountainous state – are making use of broadband technology. With just a little training, they use computers and broadband to improve their quality of life.

—      They are communicating with children and grandchildren through written messages and even seeing and speaking with one another through video images.

—       They are sending and receiving great photographs of their friends and relatives who live far away – and those pictures may be only seconds old.

—       They are researching their families’ histories.

—       They are paying bills and taking care of their banking.

—       They are finding and sharing new recipes and clothing designs and learning about almost anything you can imagine.

During the coming months, we’ll share more information about broadband and how it works. We’ll help you find ways to learn more about broadband and its benefits. The world and the economy are changing. Broadband is opening doors for West Virginians, who now can work from their homes, build businesses and support themselves in their local communities, and further their education while remaining home and continuing their responsibilities there.

We’ll  share stories about people just like you who are using and enjoying their computers and broadband service every day. We’ll also explain how the Internet can help us in our day-to-day lives.

Senior citizens, families who live far from the nearest town, young students – they all are taking advantage of this exciting technology and finding it to be an affordable, practical and enjoyable addition to their homes.

We look forward to sharing these great stories with you.

— “Wild, Wonderful & Wired” is a collaboration of Mission West Virginia, Future Generations Graduate School and Frontier Communications. Mission West Virginia and Future Generations Graduate School are nonprofit organizations that have provided computer and Internet training to West Virginia residents. Readers interested in learning more about computers and using the Internet are encouraged to contact local friends, neighbors or organizations that provide training.  A list of computer labs with trained mentors is available online at:  www.futurewv.org/computer-centers. In addition, persons interested in receiving training or purchasing a computer through Mission West Virginia may call 304-523-0623.

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