Author Archives: Mike Wanta

Cyberattacks on the rise since pandemic

With more people working at home and shopping online, the number of cyberattacks has increased significantly since the onset of the pandemic. The FBI recently announced as many as 4,000 reports a day have been made to their Cyber Division. That represents a 400% increase from what they were seeing before COVID. The FBI also… Continue Reading

FTC: Sellers need proof for COVID treatment claims

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers from sellers of scam COVID-19 treatments, the FTC has sent 20 more warning letters to companies that claim their products can prevent, treat or cure the COVID-19. Claims for zappers, virus-busting cards, sage, oregano, and bay leaves are among the representations called into question in the… Continue Reading

Five amazing mountain biking trails in Bend

According to Mountain Bike Action Magazine, Bend, Oregon is considered the Best Mountain Bike Town in the U.S. This is in large part because the Central Oregon Trail Alliance maintains over 700 miles of trails in the Central Oregon area. That’s more trail than many riders will be able to cover in a lifetime! From… Continue Reading

BendBroadband sponsors EDCO video series

The Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) organization has started a video series titled, “Good News, Too,” which highlights local businesses across the Central Oregon region that are pivoting, expanding, providing community support, hiring displaced workers, and more. The most current video is about Oregon Spirit Distillers, one of only four distilleries in the state certified to mass produce… Continue Reading

Hispanic Heritage Month

“I had to look it up, because it’s really an American Holiday,” said Luis Chavez, Lead Software Engineer, in the spirit of full disclosure. After doing a bit of research, Luis was happy to talk about the sentiment behind National Hispanic Heritage Month and its impact. “It’s important. It’s an opportunity to not only celebrate, but… Continue Reading

BendBroadband sponsors Diversity & Inclusion Webinar Series

BendBroadband recently helped sponsor attendance for five people of color to join Erika McCalpine’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training seminar. In the workshops, participants made deep dives into the subjects of implicit bias, fostering an inclusive climate and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at work. “I was looking for some ways to support underrepresented communities… Continue Reading

IRS sending $500 to people mistakenly denied money for dependent children

If you used the IRS’s non-filers tool before May 17 and claimed at least one qualifying child, the IRS mistakenly failed to send you $500 per qualifying child. To correct this, the IRS is sending money to those people who were affected. (If you used the non-filers tool after May 17 and claimed at least one qualifying child, your… Continue Reading

The NHL returns, the road to the Stanley Cup

The NHL launched an extended 24-team playoff system in their return to play plan. In the Canadian hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, NHL players got back to the ice after the five-month delay and immediately started competing for the most coveted trophy in sports—the Stanley Cup. The playoff setup consists of four rounds in… Continue Reading

BendBroadband® named fastest business internet provider in Oregon

BendBroadband, a TDS company, receives national recognition Bend, Ore. (August 5, 2020) – BendBroadband® has been recognized by BroadbandNow’s 2020 Internet Service Provider Awards in the category of small providers. BroadbandNow is a website that helps consumers find and compare internet service providers in their area. BendBroadband received awards in the following categories: Fastest Business… Continue Reading