Vistabeam is pleased to announce the establishment of an empowerment center in Yuma, Colorado. This location is Vistabeam's second empowerment center following the opening of its first one in Torrington, Wyoming in March. Yuma residents can now benefit from services including digital skills training, broadband-enabled workstations, and digital navigation assistance.
Since 2004, Vistabeam’s primary mission has been to bridge the digital divide, growing to cover parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The company is fulfilling this mission by providing rural residential and business internet services, participating in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband programs, and partnering with Microsoft on digital skills training.
Vistabeam continually looks for ways to bridge America’s digital divide beyond just offering broadband connectivity. Its pioneering work on digital empowerment is an example of this, and the opening of the Yuma Empowerment Center is a testament to the success of the endeavor.
“For too long, telecommunications companies have been cutting jobs in rural communities and outsourcing to other places. We want to reverse that,” said Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam. “Empowering communities is one of our core values, and the Empowerment Centers are an opportunity for us to build a deeper connection with the communities we serve and help people in need.”
The Yuma Empowerment Center features several workstations for digital education, with computers available and accessible on a walk-in basis. Vistabeam has worked with Microsoft to offer digital skills programming at these workstations along with access to other online learning resources. A full-time trained digital navigator will be present to assist eligible community members in signing up for the Affordable Connectivity Program and help with other digital equity requests.
To learn more about Vistabeam’s digital empowerment centers, visit https://vistabeam.com/digital-empowerment/