The RURALBAND Education Center, located in the Surry County Community Center, is an educational community space to showcase the benefits of high-speed fiber broadband service in a rural community. It is the first of its kind for broadband service but was inspired by Electric Cooperative history.
- In the 1950s, as rural Electric Cooperatives were working to electrify the countryside, distribution Cooperatives would set up “Cooperative Kitchens.”
- Cooperative Kitchens were community spaces where Cooperatives would bring in kitchen appliances like refrigerators and ovens to educate their communities about the benefits of having an electrified household.
RURALBAND is rolling out the 2021 version of the Cooperative Kitchen to create the RURALBAND Education Center. The goal of the RURALBAND Education Center is to provide a space to show community members firsthand that there is more to internet access than cell phones and surfing the web.
RURALBAND staff will be available on-site to talk to interested members about the following:
- Benefits of high-speed internet for appointments, i.e., telehealth
- Remote education
- Spotlight your e-commerce
- Social connection with family and friends
- How to sign up for fiber broadband service
- Discuss affordability options and which package supports your need
In a quote from CEO Casey Logan, “It all comes down to education, we want to have a presence in the community to show the value that high-speed internet can bring to our members.”