Vistabeam is proud to announce the establishment of its first Nebraska Empowerment Center in Chappell. This initiative aims to demystify computer usage for individuals who may find technology daunting, providing them with essential digital skills through specialized "Empowerment Centers."
At the heart of this endeavor, Vistabeam has partnered with the Chappell Senior Center, equipping it with essential equipment, including a computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, camera, and microphone. These tools will empower seniors to participate in the Empowerment Center's comprehensive digital skills program. Two local employees have been appointed as "digital navigators" who will master the computer program modules and subsequently guide others through the learning process.
Since 2004, Vistabeam has been steadfast in its commitment to bridging the digital divide, expanding its coverage to areas in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The company actively pursues its mission by delivering internet services to rural residences and businesses, participating in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband programs, and collaborating with Microsoft to provide digital skills training.
Vistabeam consistently seeks innovative approaches to address America's digital disparities, extending beyond the provision of broadband connectivity. The company's groundbreaking efforts in digital empowerment exemplify this commitment, and its third and latest Empowerment Center in Chappell, Nebraska, stands as a testament to the triumph of these initiatives.
Matt Silverman, representing Vistabeam's Business Development office, shared insights during the presentation held at the Chappell Senior Center on October 25. "People can come here and learn to navigate the web or explore online bill-pay. Some companies charge an extra $2 per month for paper billing, so by embracing online options, individuals can visit the Empowerment Center, access a bill-pay site, and efficiently settle their bills," explained Silverman.
Present at the event was Sedgwick County Health Center CEO Aidan Hettler, who addressed the potential use of the computers for remote medical visits. While Hettler acknowledged Sedgwick County's capability for telehealth visits, he emphasized the preference for patients to visit physical locations due to insurance considerations.
Silverman also highlighted additional programs available for seniors, including the opportunity to purchase desktop or laptop computers at a reduced cost. Vistabeam, known for providing high-speed internet services to rural residents in the Chappell, Nebraska, remains committed to fostering digital literacy and connectivity within the community.
For more information about Vistabeam and its Empowerment Centers, please visit: https://vistabeam.com/digital-empowerment/
Vistabeam is a pioneering wireless and fiber broadband provider with coverage that spans 45,000 sq. miles across three states and 100+ towns. Vistabeam provides extraordinary service to residents and businesses of the Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming areas. As an active participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s programs and trusted partner of Microsoft Airband, Vistabeam is working to swiftly connect thousands of additional homes and businesses in underserved and unserved communities and continuing to bridge America’s digital divide.