Monthly Archives: February 2019

Black History Month: Inventors in Tech Field

Black History Month: Inventors in Tech Field

Since 1976, Black History Month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora. Today, we’ll take a look at the contributions of a few African American inventors that paved the way for Telecommunications and Broadband technology.

Shirley Ann Jackson

Dr. Jackson was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D from MIT. Upon graduating from MIT, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson began work at Bell Laboratories. As a prominent theoretical physicist, she executed groundbreaking scientific research that paved the way for inventions such as fiber optic cables, touch tone telephones, the portable fax, the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.

Now at age 72, Dr. Jackson is currently the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which is the oldest tech research university in the United States.

Lewis Latimer

Born in Massachusetts in 1848, Lewis Latimer worked closely with famous inventors such as Thomas Edison and Hiram Maxim. His most notable accomplishment was inventing the carbon filament that’s used in light bulbs.

After his work with Thomas Edison, Latimer took his talents to Alexander Graham Bell, where he helped create the patent for Bell’s design of the telephone. Other notable accomplishments include creating an early version of the air conditioning unit as well as improving the engineering design of railroad bathroom cars.

The youngest inventor on the list—Marian Croak owns 135 patents which are mostly related to voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP). She was recently inducted into the Women in Technology’s International hall of fame in 2013. She’s shown no signs of slowing down and still has 100 patents currently under review.

Marian Croak

Croak is a senior vice president of Research and Development at AT&T Labs. She also has a passion for humanitarian work and serves on the board for the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Center.

Patrick Yates, manager of Diversity & Inclusion said, “The legacy these individuals have left on society and our industry in and of itself is remarkable. Their drive and ambition to overcome and innovate will spark the ingenuity of the next generation of inventors. Not just calling on them to dream, but daring them to be great. Everyone should remember that Black History is really U.S. History, which includes all of us. We should all celebrate together the achievements and milestones of African Americans that have been accomplished over time, and inspire the young minds of tomorrow.”

Online gaming: A possible security risk

If you, or someone in your family, enjoy the super-popular online games be warned: there are real-life security risks at play in online gaming. Take Fornite — three recently discovered security bugs would have allowed hackers to access account and payment information, and also listen to chats. Even more scary? All it would have taken… Continue Reading

On demand movies will rock you this month!

On demand movies will rock you this month!

You’ve got Oscar-nominated movies right at your fingertips! This month on Movies On Demand catch two best picture (and Golden Globe winning) nominees. Plus, you can also see one of the best animated movies of the year, perfect for the whole family. But wait, there’s more! Another family hit, a unique comedy-horror, a spine-tingling documentary,… Continue Reading

Updates to Phone Service Coming

Updates to Phone Service Coming

BendBroadband is committed to keeping communication flowing—which is why we’re updating our phone service to simplify its functionality. Not everything’s changing though—your Voice Mail greeting, PIN, and saved Voice Mail messages will remain the same with the update. Here’s everything else you need to know about the coming updates. When? The update will occur one… Continue Reading

High Desert Chamber: Valentine’s Day concert

High Desert Chamber: Valentine’s Day concert

High Desert Chamber Music is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services.  High Desert Chamber Music is in the midst of its 11th season. Founder and executive director Isabelle LaForet Senger said the mission of High Desert Chamber Music is to bring world-class chamber music and… Continue Reading

Your channels are back up

Great news! TDS/BendBroadband has reached a new multiyear agreement with Nexstar Media Group to bring their channels back to our lineup. We know you’ve felt caught in the middle and we appreciate you sticking by us. We received hundreds of responses to our request for feedback. We also read all your blog and social media… Continue Reading