Remington Hunting Rifle Giveaway

2 Chances to WIN

Allband Center for Education, Wildlife & Research (ACEWR) is giving away a Remington hunting rifle! In fact, there are 2 ways to enter your name into the raffle and WIN.

ACEWR recently hosted a wildlife & habitat management meeting. The discussion included ways hunt clubs, associations and landowners in the area can work together. Working together to find strategic solutions will make our Northeastern Michigan region better and improve hunting. The Wildlife & Habitat Management Meeting is posted live on our facebook page.

To enter the raffle:

  1. FACEBOOK – Comment on our LIVE VIDEO of the Wildlife & Habitat Management Meeting Part 1 or Part 2 on our facebook page. Commenting on the video will enter your name into the rifle giveaway. Find the video here: LIVE VIDEO and don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE our facebook page HERE.
  1. INTEREST FORM – Fill out our ACEWR INTEREST FORM and submit it for another entry into the drawing. The interest form is an opportunity for you to tell us what areas of interest concern you and what questions you might have. Find the interest form HERE.

ACEWR is utilizing Allband’s thousands of acres of coverage and over 400 miles of fiber to help the environment in new ways. The technological infrastructure in rural Northeast Michigan creates a rare opportunity for ACEWR to bring create solutions to rural community issues.

Thank you for watching our Wildlife & Habitat Management Meeting and entering to win the rifle! Please engage on our facebook page and continue to be a part of the movement to create a better environment.

Don’t forget to check into our Facebook page on November 1st to watch to drawing of the rifle!

 

Back to SCHOOL

3 Online Educational Resources to Help Prepare for School

It’s almost time for the transition from summer chaos to structure. Turning in dirty feet and greasy hair for early nights, homework and school supplies. Big changes!

Back to school can be a hard transition for your family. However, high speed broadband Internet opens the door to endless educational resources and information to help prepare your child (and you) for the next year. We found 3 online resources to share and help everyone get ready for school.

  1. PBS – PBS.org/parents is a great online educational resource with tools to help your children prepare for the classroom. With learning guides, back-to-school checklists, and tips… it has everything you need. PBS also has educational activities and games to help your child learn and grow!
    Check out the website here: www.pbs.org/parents/education
  2. STUDY FAQ – Studyfaq.com is an online tutoring and homework help platform for older students. The educational resources and services studyfaq.com provide include aid in writing skill development, test preparation and 1 on 1 tutoring. Also, there are many study guides and how-to guides available, giving older students a bank of knowledge and educational tools through the Internet.
    Check out the website here: www.studyfaq.com/guides
  3. Funbrain – funbrain.com has educational games, reading, videos and a math zone. You can browse by grade to find books and games relevant for your child as the school year begins! It is a fun way to put the thinking cap back on and get ready for learning. Check out the website here: www.funbrain.com/books
To get the most out of your high speed Internet connection you may want to look at your current wireless router. Wireless routers should be updated every few years to give you the best speeds possible. Wireless Internet is becoming increasingly necessary with all the devices we use, so make sure your router is up to date.
Allband sells AND leases wireless routers. To learn more about our router options visit our website (www.allband.org/router-options) or give us a call (989-369-9999).

In conclusion, Broadband Internet access gives children educational opportunities to learn and grow. Click here to see if you are in Allband’s service area. Hope you found these online educational resources useful while preparing for the next school year!

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FIBER EXPLOSION

Monumental Savings on High Speed Broadband Internet

To celebrate our country’s 241st birthday, Allband Communications is giving away discounts for our high-speed Internet and telephone fiber construction.

Email the coupon code “EXPLOSION” to info@allband.org and receive your discount on FIBER construction!

Why Allband? Allband provides FIBER to the home. Fiber optic cable is the way of the future. Instead of outdated copper cables, fiber optic cables are glass threads that transmit communication signals through pulses of light waves. Fiber optic cables provide a higher bandwidth (meaning you get faster speeds) and can transmit data over longer distances (so your signal doesn’t loose strength and you don’t need signal boosters). Fiber is also less susceptible interference!

Allband also BURIES the FIBER cables. What does that mean? Your connection will not be effected by weather. It also keeps our pristine Northeast Michigan country looking beautiful. No gangly poles and wires… Yuck!

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado and Carnegie Mellon University shows that high speed FIBER Internet can add an average of 3.1% to your home value! Turning a $175,000 home into $180,425, adding over $5,000 to your property value. Fiber Internet is becoming an amenity that enables residents to download and stream and do everything so much faster! What could you do with the extra speed?

Email the coupon code “EXPLOSION” to info@allband.org today to LOCK in your discount and get the FIBER construction process started.

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Michigan Father’s Day in 3 Easy Steps

 

Three Easy Steps for a Successful Father’s Day

In search of Father’s Day gift ideas? Look no further. We are here to help. Follow these three easy steps for a Michigan Father’s Day your dad will not forget.

  1. Pure Michigan Hunt Application – Michigan Department of Natural Resources randomly selects three Pure Michigan Hunt winners. The winners receive a package valued at over $4,000! It includes elk, bear, antlerless deer, spring and fall turkey hunting licenses, first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area, a Darton Archery crossbow package, a 30.06 rifle from Dick Williams Gun Shop, a 12-gauge shotgun from Ducks Unlimited and more. All you have to do is pick up an application for $5 wherever hunting licenses are sold.
  2. Labatt Blue – That’s right, beer! Labatt USA is currently selling Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light cans with iconic Michigan images on them, such as Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Mackinac Bridge and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. A portion of the proceeds from these Michigan cans will help support recycling and clean beach initiatives in Michigan state parks. So get your dad a case of specially marked Michigan Labatt Blue this weekend and support Michigan’s state parks, trails and waterways.
  3. Allband Communications High Speed Internet – So far we have a chance of winning a great hunting package and a case of beer, now it’s time to knock Father’s Day out of the park. Allband Communication’s high speed, fiber optic Internet is the gift that keeps giving. Your dad can enjoy Allband’s high speed Internet all year round! Unlimited data, a reliable connection, lightning fast speeds of 100 MBPS, and local, friendly customer service. Your dad can stream movies, stay connected with news and sports, find new hobbies, stay connected with children and grandchildren and so much more!

No more excuses for Father’s Day gifts this year! We have you all set up for a great Michigan Father’s Day with a Pure Michigan Hunt application, Labatt Blue beer and Allband’s High Speed Internet. You will definitely be the favorite child. Wasn’t that easy?

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Forging Our Own Way

Allband Communications Connecting Communities

Allband Communications was recently featured in an article showcasing the story of how Allband got started over 10 years ago in the north woods of Michigan.

The article was published on MuniNetworks.org, an organization that aids broadband movement by providing resources to build broadband networks directly accountable to the communities they serve. They work with communities across the United States to create policies to ensure telecommunications networks serve the community, rather than the community serving the network.

The goal of Allband Communications has always been to improve and serve communities by providing much needed connectivity. It is an honor to be noticed by MuniNetworks.org and featured in a story.

Do you know Allband’s unique story? The new products and services introduced over the past 10 years? The work and mission of the non-profit Allband Center for Education, Wildlife and Research?

Check out the full article here.

Picture in Spruce, Michigan, courtesy of Homes.com.

Offering Up to $1000 Credit to Aid Broadband Construction

Allband Offering Aid for Widespread Broadband Access

Allband Communications would like to give every home in our four county corridor of Northeast Michigan high speed, broadband Internet and telephone. Since our inception, our mission has been widespread broadband access. The Internet provides resources that are imperative to our world today. We have information at our fingertips! The power and ability to learn a new skill, work from anywhere and understand what is going on in the world around us.

Without access to this resource, our children suffer with little ability to do homework or online studies. Those on disability have to wait longer to go back to work rather than outputting work remotely from an Internet access. Our adult children move away from home to find jobs.

Although our tireless efforts have brought advanced communications to our rural area, the technological divide still exists.

To continue to work toward our mission of widespread broadband access Allband is offering an aid to construction. Allband will provide a $500 aid to construction credit for a new fiber drop installation to homes located in the Allband Multimedia area. Individuals located in the Cooperative area are eligible for a $1000 aid to construction credit for a new fiber drop installation.

We will provide interested parties with a free estimate! Our estimates are produced at our cost of installation plus the aid to construction credits.

This investment will reap you long-term rewards. We bury our lines, providing stability to the connection with little to no effect from weather and increasing the overall value of your property.

Wall Street Journal: Fast Internet Access Drives Up Home Values

Getting fiber to the home is worth the investment, and we will do everything we can to help you get there.

Free Credit on Next Bill

$50 credit off your next bill when you refer a friend

Customers of Allband Communications enjoy the FASTEST Internet in Northeast Michigan. Speeds of up to 100 mbps download and 50 mbps upload on a state-of-the-art fiber optic network is not the only perk!

Allband Communications provides high speed Internet, local customer service AND referral credits. Talking with neighbors about the benefits of Allband may bring you a $50 credit!

Share the speed, convenience and ease of the FASTEST Internet in Northeast Michigan and receive a $50 credit off your next bill upon referral activation.

This credit will not be available for long, so call for details: 989.369.9999. Not sure if you are in our service area? Click Here. Ready for an application? Click Here.

FCC Warns Consumers “Yes” Phone Scam

The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers about a new scam that is hooking consumers with just one word: Yes.

According to the FCC, the scam begins as soon as a person answers the phone. A recorded voice or an actual person asks: “Can you hear me?” And the consumer responds, “Yes.”

“The caller then records the consumer’s ‘Yes’ response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone,” an FCC news release said.

Officials Warn Consumers About Phone Scam

“According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer,” the news release said.

Teresa Thomas, 49, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, said today that she’d received a similar phone call about a month ago.

“The person on the other line sounded like a young woman. She was giggling and she said: ‘Oh, I didn’t expect you to pick up! Can you hear me?'” Thomas said. “Which, of course, if someone asks if you can hear them, I said the logical thing and I said ‘Yes.’ And she proceeded to talk.”

Thomas said she soon realized that the caller was a recording, hung up the call and then blocked the phone number. The next day, she learned of the scam on social media.

The FCC advised consumers to immediately hang up if they receive this type of call. It also said that if consumers had responded “Yes” to a similar call in the past, they should keep an eye on all financial statements for any unauthorized charges.

Thomas said that she’d been checking her credit-card and bank accounts and had reported the incident to the Better Business Bureau.

“I have not seen anything negative happen from that but it’s just good to be aware,” Thomas said.

The FCC also shared the following tips:

1. Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.

2. If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.

3. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.

4. Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls. Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry.

ABC News’ Whitney T. Lloyd and Kelley Robinson contributed to this story.

Workplace automation: Separating fiction from fact

Director, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI); Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

The idea that robots could replace humans in the workplace dates back to science fiction writers a century ago, and it has been a recurring theme in political life for almost as long. Back in 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson created a national commission to examine the impact of automation on the economy and employment. Automation should be viewed as an ally, not an enemy, he said at the time. “If we understand it, if we plan for it, if we apply it well, automation will not be a job destroyer or a family displaced. Instead, it can remove dullness from the work of man and provide him with more than man has ever had before.”

A half century later, technology has advanced at breakneck speed—who back then could have imagined the legions of robots at work today in manufacturing, Amazon’s drone shipments, or the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms now being used to detect cancers? Machines today increasingly match or outperform human performance in a range of work activities, including ones requiring cognitive capabilities. Yet while the technology has changed, the issues that were such fraught topics 50 years ago have not. Will robots replace humans in the workplace? And if so, how quickly?

In that context, it is important to separate fact from fiction. The McKinsey Global Institute has just published a report on automation and its potential effects on productivity and the global economy, part of ongoing research into the future of work. It is based on an analysis of more than 2,000 workplace activities across 800 occupations, and 46 countries accounting for about 80% of the global economy.

Among our findings is that almost half the activities we pay people about $16 trillion in wages to do in the global economy have the potential to be automated using currently demonstrated technology. The most automatable activities involve data collection, data processing, and physical work in predictable environments like factories, which make up 51% of employment activities and $2.7 trillion of wages in the US and are most prevalent in sectors such as manufacturing, food services, transportation and warehousing, and retail.

But here’s the twist: More jobs will change than will be automated away in the short to medium term. Only a small proportion of all occupations, about 5%, can be automated entirely using these demonstrated technologies over the coming decade, although the proportion is likely to be higher in occupations in middle-skill job categories. But we find that about 30% of the activities in 60% of all occupations could be automated, and that will affect everyone from welders to landscape gardeners, mortgage brokers–and CEOs; we estimate about 25% of their time is currently spent on activities that machines could do, such as analyzing reports and data to inform decisions.

As companies deploy automation, we thus need to think more about mass redeployment rather than unemployment, and also to think about people working alongside machines and the skills that will be needed for the workforce of today and tomorrow—skills that will include a much closer interaction between humans and machines in the workplace. They include capabilities that are inherently human, including managing and developing people, and social and emotional reasoning.

It’s quite instructive to look back at how the economy has continued to prosper—and people have continued to work—since the 1960s, even as the workplace itself has been reshaped by technology. New jobs that could not have been imagined at the time, such as app developers or MRI technicians, have replaced obsolete ones like switchboard operators. That’s a pattern we have seen since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago, when more than 60% of Americans worked on the land; today’s it’s less than 2%. Could things be different this time?

Like President Johnson, we see that automation could make a major contribution to productivity and prosperity. Our research suggests that future automation could raise productivity growth globally by between 0.8% and 1.4% annually—which can make a meaningful contribution to global economic growth and compensate for the demographic headwinds of aging populations, although by itself is not sufficient to meet the aspirations of faster-growing emerging economies such as India or Indonesia.

For companies around the world, automation will also offer the potential to capture substantial value—and not just from labor substitution. The technologies enable higher throughput, enhanced quality, better outcomes, greater safety, and the opportunity to scale up or adopt new business models.

Just because the technical potential to automate a workplace activity exists does not mean that it will happen anytime soon, however. The pace and extent of automation will depend on a range of factors of which technical feasibility is only one—and there are still some important barriers to overcome, including the ability of computers to generate and understand natural language. Other factors include the dynamics of labor supply and demand. If there is no shortage in the labor market of cooks, it may not make business sense to replace them with an expensive machine.

The benefits for business are relatively clear, but for policy makers the issues are more complicated. They should embrace the opportunity for their economies to benefit from the productivity growth potential and put in place policies to encourage investment and market incentives to encourage continued progress and innovation. That includes modernizing regulations to meet the speed of progress. At the same time, they must evolve and innovate policies that help workers and institutions adapt to the impact on employment. This will likely include rethinking education and training, income support and safety nets, as well as transition support for those dislocated. Above all, a focus on the skills needed to thrive in this new era will be paramount, so that automation does indeed remain an ally. Not to be forgotten is the lesson from history that innovation, investment, and growth create demand and jobs that may once have seemed like science fiction.