Keeping Carbon Hill Connected
Last week, AT&T held an interactive “Technology 101” training session at the Carbon Hill Community Center. It was an opportunity for Carbon Hill residents of all ages to learn about and experience using new devices, and see first-hand how these technologies can help them easily connect, communicate and stay informed. From taking “selfies”, to using smartphones to send Facebook messages to friends and family, to learning how tablets can be used to connect to the Internet on-the-go to check the weather or nearby gas prices – these are all small but important ways that we have integrated technology into our lives to make getting important information easy and to help make (and share) new memories instantly with friends and family no matter where they live.
The technology trials that we have proposed to the FCC to conduct in Carbon Hill are really all about helping everyone – no matter their age, income, where they live or level of “tech savvy” – to discover new ways to seamlessly stay connected and access information. To help everyone connect to the people, places and things that they care most about, and to do so simply, reliably and at the touch of a button. Whether it is a college professor who wants to hold “office hours” with students remotely using Skype, a doctor who wants to send patients a text or an email to remind them of an upcoming appointment, or a grandparent who wants to use his phone to take and send a photo to grandchildren that live across the state – these are all ways that people in Carbon Hill and across the nation are using technology.
And, as the availability of technologies like wireless and broadband increases, more people (and businesses and communities) will be able to use the products and devices these technologies enable to do more. If we can watch our favorite television show on our smartphone today; if doctors can perform “remote surgery” from thousands of miles away from their patients; if entrepreneurs can set up shop in Carbon Hill and connect with customers and suppliers (and compete with other businesses) from around the world – imagine what we will be able to do in the future! An event like the one we held in Carbon Hill last week is designed to make sure that we are helping everyone learn how to use these technologies so that they can get the most out of them.
Over the past few months we have had many opportunities to meet and talk to members of the Carbon Hill community. We have held events at the Community Center and have been invited to speak with community leaders. We have visited the homes of Carbon Hill residents and talked to business owners and teachers and customers about the questions and issues that are most important to them. We want to hear what Carbon Hill residents have to say, and we consider you an important partner in this effort. What you tell us – about the questions you have, about the ways that technology can help in your day to day lives - will not only help shape the trial here in Carbon Hill, but also will help inform the eventual rollout of these technologies and the transition to an IP-based network in communities across America.
Keep an eye on our events page for more information about upcoming trainings and events where you can learn more about our proposed trials and we can answer any questions you might have.