Category Archives: Giving

TDS bandwidth donation tops $5 million for OSU Open Source Lab

TDS Telecommunications LLC has made a donation valued at more than $1 million to help operate the Oregon State University Open Source Lab.

TDS’s most recent gift represents 20 billion bits per second of bandwidth provided over three years. It enables Open Source Lab hosted sites to deliver nearly 430 terabytes of information to people around the world every month.

The gift brings TDS’s cumulative support for the lab to more than $5 million.

BendBroadband is part of TDS Broadband Service, a Wisconsin-based telecommunications company, which serves customers in nearly 900 communities across the nation. TDS has supported the Open Source Lab since 2005.

The Open Source Lab, in partnership with Oregon State’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hosts more than 160 open source software projects used by millions of people around the world. Those projects include the Linux operating system, Apache web server and Drupal content management system.

In addition to service to the global open source community, the Open Source Lab provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience with open source software and technology, guided by professional staff who serve as mentors. Oregon State student interns typically work at the lab 20 hours per week year-round, developing skills as they interact with clients

“It’s said that open source allows software developers to stand on the shoulders of giants as they build on each other’s work. In our case, a giant-sized partnership with TDS has allowed Oregon State University to develop into a world leader in open source,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “We couldn’t be more grateful to TDS, or more proud of the global impact this partnership has made possible.”

“Over and over again, we hear students say that their work with the Open Source Lab was the most valuable part of their college experience,” said Lance Albertson, who directs the lab. “Employers compete to hire them when they graduate, and several of our alumni have gone on to launch very successful companies of their own.”

World Muse 2018: Asking the Question

Article and Photo by Irene Cooper The 2018 World MUSE Conference celebrated its sixth year Saturday at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend, Oregon, with a full day of inspiration and thought provoking presentations from over 30 keynote speakers and performers. MUSE founder and director Amanda Stuermer, along with directors Tracy Treu and Cynthia LaRoche,… Continue Reading

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

Next time you drive by the BendBroadband office on Sherman Road, be sure to stop and donate a food item. A St. Vincent de Paul donation barrel is located at the BendBroadband office at 63090 Sherman Road in Bend this holiday season. The barrel will be there from now until Dec. 31. When asked about their greatest need, St. Vincent de Paul… Continue Reading

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

The Center Foundation is one of nearly 25 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Every Friday during our Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring one of these organizations on our web page. In addition, every day we are featuring one nonprofit on our Facebook and Twitter sites. We hope you… Continue Reading

BendBroadband sponsors bonspiel curling tourney in Bend

BendBroadband sponsors bonspiel curling tourney in Bend

It’s a game of inches, where like chess, one mental mistake and game over. It’s called Curling and while some think it’s simply sliding rocks on frozen water, it’s actually a really cool sport that requires strength, agility, focus, and teamwork. BendBroadband’s Chet Liew, business process architect – IT, is on the ground floor of… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband™ donated $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County. This is in addition to what employees pledged to their local chapters during the annual campaign last fall. “One of our missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO and president of TDS Telecom, which operates BendBroadband. “We encourage employees to volunteer with our… Continue Reading

Meal of the Year; BendBroadband co-sponsor

Meal of the Year;  BendBroadband co-sponsor

BendBroadband is a co-sponsor of the Meal of the Year program and awards a scholarship each year to an COCC student. In 2016, Carlos Vazquez was the recipient of the BendBroadband COCC Foundation Scholarship. When Carlos was awarded the Diversity Education Award, he was described “as one of those rare students who takes the time… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband is designating $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County for 2016-17. This is in addition to what employees pledge to their local chapters. Each employee is also encouraged to volunteer up to 16 hours a year while still being paid. “One of our shared missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County
Holiday giving at BendBroadband

Holiday giving at BendBroadband

Last week, three Central Oregon nonprofits received quite a holiday surprise. BendBroadband staff rolled up to Saving Grace and The Pediatric Foundation in Bend and Redmond’s BrightSide Animal Center, presenting each with flowers, balloons, cupcakes – and a check for $2,000.​ Each year, BendBroadband sets aside money in its field marketing budget to give back to the communities it serves. That money… Continue Reading

Connecting school kids to the Internet

Students in Bend-La Pine Schools are given iPads once they reach third grade, which is great for learning, but can create a predicament for families with income barriers. For many families, working with a tight budget means cutting out the “extras” from routine expenses. That can often mean nixing Internet service. But with technology advancing… Continue Reading

Connecting school kids to the Internet