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Press Release – September 17, 2017 – EIN Announces New Plans and Expansion of Service Area

Press Release – September 17, 2017 – EIN Announces New Plans and Expansion of Service Area

A new service tier and the addition of thousands of new locations to the EIN service area

Oklahoma City, September 17, 2017:  Easy Internet Now is excited to announce the launch of three new plans and the rebranding of our service tiers. Customers will now be able to select from six plans, each designed to perfectly meet the unique needs of our residential and business customers. EIN understands that Internet connectivity needs vary from home to home and business to business, and that’s why we’ve expanded our plan options and increased our maximum speed by over 4X the previous top tier plan. Not only have we launched three new Unlimited Fiber plans, we’ve also expanded to thousands of new homes across all 21 states in our service area.

New Plans

EIN customers can now select from up-to six plans, each designed to meet their specific needs. The serviceability tool only shows the plans that match a realistically expected speed at each location. Unlike other ISP’s we don’t offer a blank selection of plans and expect our customers to pay for unrealistic speeds, we try to show them right up front what they can receive at their location and let the customer make the selection that matches their needs. No one knows the Internet usage needs of a household or business better than the customer themselves.

Customers will be able to select from our original three plans, now renamed our Unlimited Tier, or if available they will be able to select from our new three plans in the Unlimited Fiber tier. The Unlimited Fiber tier includes speeds from 24Mbps to 75Mbps, greatly expanding our speed availability and giving customers the range they deserve to make a smart choice. As always, all EIN plans are Unlimited with no data caps or unnecessary throttling of speed. EIN is also a no contract, no credit check, lifetime price lock guarantee company.

New Service Locations

Everyone who has checked their address for service with EIN, and found at that time we could not service their location, is encouraged to check again now. Thousands of new locations have been added to our system in all 21 serviced states. Our Address Serviceability Tool is located online at https://easyinternetnow.com/check-for-service/.

States that EIN services:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin

More Information

For more information about Easy Internet Now, please visit: https://easyinternetnow.com

For more information about EIN Service Plans, please visit: https://easyinternetnow.com/plans/

To contact EIN, please visit: https://easyinternetnow.com/contact/

Kody Frazier

Vice-President

Easy Internet Now

press@easyinternetnow.com

What to Watch While You Wait for ‘Thrones’

What to Watch While You Wait for ‘Thrones’

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I don’t know about you, but now that Game of Thrones’ seventh season has ended, I feel lost. ‘Thrones’ gave me something to get excited for every Sunday, and now, some reports are suggesting that it may not return until sometime in 2019. If that’s the case, that’s at least 16 months without a ‘Thrones’ fix. The good news is that there are some other killer shows we can all binge—yes, there are other amazing shows—and it’s likely all these offerings will have new seasons to watch each week while we wait. Below are some of our best options to keep us happy during the break.

Vikings

Where to watch: History Channel, Amazon Prime
What it’s about: This show tells the stories of some of the most celebrated Vikings in history. Season one primarily features Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who is skilled in battle and who wishes to travel west despite the fears that there is no west to find. Vikings is not, however, a one-man show. The story of Vikings is filled with intriguing characters, like Ragnar’s equally skilled wife, Lagertha, and Ragnar’s brother, Rollo. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the stellar battle scenes, intense power struggles, and beautiful cinematography.
Find out more: history.com

House of Cards

Where to watch: Netflix
What it’s about: House of Cards centers on Frank and Claire Underwood, two power-hungry individuals who have devoted their lives to rising in the political ranks. Season one focuses on Frank’s attempts to move up from his position as the House Majority Whip. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the show’s political intrigue, flawed characters, and shocking (and dark) twists.
Find out more: netflix.com

Mr. Robot

Where to watch: USA, Amazon Prime
What it’s about: Elliot, a drug addicted genius, is pulled into a hacktivist group called ‘fsociety’ after meeting a man referred to as Mr. Robot. Fsociety hopes to destroy the status quo and take down corporate bankers through an elaborate hacking scheme. Viewers follow along with Elliot’s internal monologue and eventually find themselves wondering, like Elliot, who they can trust. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the suspenseful plot, strong character development, and clever dialogue.
Find out more: usanetwork.com

Westworld

Where to watch: HBO, Amazon (available for purchase)
What it’s about: This show, based on Michael Crichton’s film of the same name, tells the sci-fi story of a robot-run amusement park in a place called Westworld. In Westworld, visitors can do as they please. However, when things start to go wrong, it looks like some guests may have a better time than others. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the well-crafted plot, gorgeous visuals, and well-cast characters.
Find out more: hbo.com

American Gods

Where to watch: Starz, Amazon (available for purchase)
What it’s about: American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s book, follows Shadow Moon as he is released from prison and meets the strange Mr. Wednesday. From this point on, Shadow is brought into a battle he could never have imagined, finding himself in the middle of a fight between the Old Gods and the New. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the dark visuals, growing conflict, and intriguing group of characters.
Find out more: starz.com

The Magicians

Where to watch: SyFy, Netflix
What it’s about: The Magicians, based on the novel by Lev Grossman, follows Quentin Coldwater as he discovers a world of magic and gets a chance to go to Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy. Though Quentin is accepted to the university, his friend Julia is not, setting both Quentin and Julia on dangerous paths as they learn more about the magical world. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the striking special effects, exciting sense of danger, and intriguing storylines.
Find out more: syfy.com

The Man in the High Castle

Where to watch: Amazon Prime
What it’s about: This show is set in an alternative history where World War II ended very differently from what we know. The United States has now become the separate areas of the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States. However, propaganda materials are discovered that suggest there was another timeline where the War did not end with the Allied Forces being defeated. The story’s main character, Juliana, quickly finds herself working to protect this information while still trying to keep out of serious danger. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the dark visuals, flawed and fleshed-out characters, and heart-racing suspense.
Find out more: amazon.com

Outlander

Where to watch: Starz, Amazon (available for purchase)
What it’s about: Outlander centers on Claire Randall, who, in 1945, is somehow sent back in time to 18th century Scotland. She meets Jamie Fraser, a Highland warrior, and becomes involved with the people of the time and the war they’re fighting. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the intriguing storylines, eye-catching visuals, and fantasy romance.
Find out more: starz.com

Orphan Black

Where to watch: BBC America, Amazon Prime
What it’s about: This show centers on Sarah Manning, a woman who discovers she is one of many clones. She adopts the role of one of her clones after witnessing her death. The discovery of her fellow clones puts Sarah in danger, though, as information about where they came from begins to come to light. ‘Thrones’ fans will enjoy the twisting plot, dark subject matter, and engaging characters.
Find out more: bbcamerica.com

July 12 is the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

July 12 is the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

The situation in brief:

Net neutrality is under fire once again. Lobbyists from big cable companies (like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T) are putting pressure on the FCC to dismantle Title II, which allows Net Neutrality.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality means that right now all sites have equal access to their users (you). Internet providers just provide the internet: they don’t censor legal sites or regulate the speed at which those sites load. This is great for smaller sites and start-ups: the internet is a powerful tool to reach an audience. This is also great for users: access to a free and diverse web is a big part of democracy, free speech, and a free market.

What will happen if Net Neutrality disappears?

A free and open net is something people sort of take for granted. However, big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) want to control access in a big way, by creating a “fast lane” and a “slow lane” for site hosts. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can reserve quick internet speeds for the sites that pay for it, leaving the sites that don’t (or can’t) pay for slower speeds.

What would that mean for me?

Slow loading speed is really bad for a website’s traffic. A lot of users get frustrated (understandably) if a site takes forever to load, and pictures and video take the longest. The sites that don’t pay for faster speed will lose traffic, and many will go under. A lot of sites will pay for faster speeds to survive, but that could mean that users will then have to pay to use a site that used to be free.

This isn’t the first time Net Neutrality has been at risk

You’ve probably at least heard the term because it has been in the news for the last several years. Every time political action brings Net Neutrality into the crosshairs, an internet-wide protest has resulted.

In 2007, Comcast got caught slowing/blocking Bit Torrent transfers.

2010: The FCC issues the Open Internet order, which requires ISPs to be transparent about their service management, and not to block or discriminate against lawful traffic.

2012: AT&T held an app ransom: they blocked FaceTime unless customers upgraded. In 2013, under protest, AT&T quit blocking FaceTime.

2014: AT&T allows companies to pay to allow their sites to be exempted from data caps.

2014: D.C. Circuit Court overturns the Open Internet Rules. The FCC introduces reclassification of broadband services as a telecommunication utility, and plans to allow “fast lanes and slow lanes.”

2014: John Oliver gives voice to the public outrage, and sends commenters to the FCC website, where they crashed the server:

2014: FCC begins investigating news that Netflix had to pay to improve streaming speeds.

2014: September 10th was “Internet Slowdown Day,” in which activists and companies with websites displayed a simulation of what a slower web would look like in the hopes of spurring people to get involved. Sites displayed the “circle of doom”—a loading icon. And it works. The deluge of comments once again crashes the FCC servers.

2014: President Obama puts his support behind Title II.

2015: The FCC passes Title II. Broadband is classified as a utility.

2015: The FCC publishes the Open Internet Rules, which ban throttling, blocking lawful websites, or allowing (or making) companies pay for faster speeds.

2016: The Open Internet Rules are affirmed by the D.C. Circuit Court.

2017: The new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, announces his plans to change the Open Internet Order. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is the first step of the process. Comments are once again being accepted.

May 7, 2017: John Oliver does it again. The FCC servers crash again under the stress of so many comments.

May 18, 2017: The FCC votes to continue changing the Net Neutrality rules, and the protest continues to rage.

What now?

July 12 has been dubbed the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality (or Day of Action for short). Big and small sites and companies are participating—including Amazon, Etsy, Reddit, FunnyOrDie, Patreon, Deviant Art, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and the Writer’s Guild of America, among many others.

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Even before or after July 12, you can do something. To participate, visit battleforthenet.com, and send a comment to the FCC and Congress.

 

 

Meet the new intern!

Meet the new intern!

Hi. My name is Abigail, and I am the new intern at Easy Internet Now. I will be writing the articles and news stories about all things tech here on EasyInternetNow.com. Furthermore, as the content creator, it is my job to introduce the new employees to the world. So, it is my pleasure to introduce myself, Abigail Eskew, to you, world. World, Abigail Eskew. Abigail Eskew, world. Nice to meet you. Charmed, I’m sure.

On to the interview!

Me: Hello, thanks for meeting with me on short notice.

Also me: Not a problem. I’m on the clock anyway.

Me: Well…yes. But you are interning for school credit, not cash money. Didn’t you know that?

Also me: What?

Me: So where do you go to school?

Also me: I’m a senior at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and I major in Professional Writing. Sorry, what did you say about no money?

Me: Professional Writing? And what do you tell your parents you major in?

Also me: Ha. Ha. It is a career, and one in demand, I might add. These days the business world reaches a very significant portion of their customers online, and someone has to write all that content. Not to mention user manuals, safety information, proposals, progress reports…hey, wake up!

Me: Oh, sorry, I was just resting my eyes. Sooo…you are the friendly face of the money-grubbing corporate world. Tell me, how does it feel to sell out?

Also me: Excuse me, I didn’t sell out. I happen to think access to the internet is extremely important, especially to kids in school. Education is freely available to those who want it, as long as they have internet. And besides, I don’t think someone who isn’t being paid can sell out.

Me: Keep telling yourself that, corporate jockey. I can’t believe you sold out for no money. What a rube. So what are you going to write first? Some advertisements for your new corporate overlords?

Also me: Actually, Easy Internet Now is a company with a desire to help people who otherwise would be left without internet by existing corporations, and set them up with a reliable connection.

Me: Exactly. Blink twice if you need help.

Also me: A company can thrive without being evil, you know. It’s called supply and demand, filling needs…

Me: …filling pockets…

Also me: …and providing value to our clients. In that spirit, I plan to kick off my content with a series I’m calling Internet 101. It will be a series of informative how-to articles that people can refer back to when they need to. It will cover things like tips and tricks for effective and efficient Google searches, where to put your free modem for the best function and access, and best practices for keeping your personal details safe online.

Me: Sounds boring.

Also me: I’ll also be covering new tech developments, trends and viral content.

Me: Ooh, did you see that video with the cats?

Also me: I don’t know which one you mean, but probably yes.

Me: Those cats are so silly.

Also me: Yes they are.

Me: Well I look forward to your cat articles, and working with you in the future. Welcome to the company!

Also me: Thanks! I’m excited to be here!

Help me welcome our newest member of the Easy Internet Now family! You can follow her/me on Twitter @willreadforfood, and please tweet any suggestions about internet skills you would like to develop @easyinternetnow, and I/her will consider including your suggestions in future how-tos!

Iggy sleeps on my desk

This is why it takes me so long to write anything.

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

File 20170517 2399 pt8l8nBalancing and doing tricks requires visual attention.
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Katherine Isbister, University of California, Santa Cruz

The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun crafting techniques.

But some teachers are banning them from classrooms. And experts challenge the idea that spinners are good for conditions like ADHD and anxiety. Meanwhile, the Kickstarter online fundraising campaign for the Fidget Cube – another popular fidget toy in 2017 – raised an astounding US$6.4 million, and can be seen on the desks of hipsters and techies across the globe.

My research group has taken a deep look at how people use fidget items over the last several years. What we found tells us that these items are not a fad that will soon disappear. Despite sometimes being an annoying distraction for others, fidget items can have some practical uses for adults; our inquiry into their usefulness for children is underway.

Understanding fidgeting

Fidgeting didn’t start with the spinner craze. If you’ve ever clicked a ballpoint pen again and again, you’ve used a fidget item. As part of our work, we’ve asked people what items they like to fidget with and how and when they use them. (We’re compiling their answers online and welcome additional contributions.)

People fidget with everyday items such as paper clips.
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One thing people often report is that fidgeting with an object in the hand helps them to stay focused when doing a long task or sitting still and attentive in a long meeting. Many examples people have told us about are ready-to-hand objects like paper clips, USB thumb drives, headphone earbuds and sticky tape. But people also buy specialized items like a fidget spinner or a Fidget Cube for this purpose.

Another common thread involves people using some fidget objects – like a favorite smooth stone – to calm themselves down, helping them achieve a more relaxed, contemplative, even mindful state.

Fine-tuning for focus

Psychology research about sensation seeking tells us that people often seek to adjust their experiences and their environments so that they provide just the right level of stimulation. Different people function well under different circumstances. Some people like total quiet to help them focus, while others are happiest working in a busy, noisy environment.

The optimal level of stimulation (or lack thereof) not only varies among people but even can change for one person throughout the day depending upon what he or she is trying to do. So people fine-tune their environments to get things just right: for example, putting on headphones in a noisy office environment to substitute less distracting noise.

A person who can’t get up and walk around to wake up a bit, or go have a nice cup of tea to calm down, may find it helpful to use a fidget item to get in the right frame of mind to stay focused and calm while staying put.

What researchers say

Our results align with anecdotal accounts about fidget toys helping children with attention or anxiety issues to stay focused and calm in the classroom. In fact, fidget toys have been available for kids for quite some time.

There hasn’t yet been a definitive study of the impact of these toys in the research world. In one preliminary study looking at stress ball use, sixth graders who used these fidget toys during instruction independently reported that their “attitude, attention, writing abilities, and peer interaction improved.”

The closest significant research is UC Davis behavioral science professor Julie Schweitzer’s study of letting children with ADHD fidget – wriggling, bouncing or otherwise moving gently in place – while they worked on a lab-based concentration task called the “flanker paradigm.” She found that more overall movement (measured using an accelerometer on the ankle) in children with ADHD did help them perform this cognitively demanding task.

Of course, it’s a big step from that finding to a claim that fidgeting with small objects in the hand can work, too. However, therapists tend to focus more on results than theoretical findings. They use what gets results and throw out what doesn’t, so practical experience suggests these toys may help kids.

Avoiding distraction

And yet, schools are banning the spinners and teachers are taking them away. The reason is that not all fidget items are created equal.

The items that therapists recommend are primarily tactile – a user holds it in a hand and can manipulate it without looking. But fidget spinners require hand-eye coordination.

The basics of using a fidget spinner.

To use a fidget spinner, a person holds the center of the spinner with thumb and finger, and then uses the other hand (or other fingers on the same hand) to get the spinner rotating. Once it’s spinning, there are tricks to be explored, like balancing the rotating spinner on a thumb.

Balancing a moving object really requires keeping an eye on it, and doing tricks is a lot of what makes the spinners fun. It’s also what draws the eyes of the user away from the teacher, and likely also the eyes of nearby students. This is the bane of a teacher trying to keep a classroom focused.

Less spinning, more focus?
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By contrast, putty, stress balls and other therapeutic fidget items don’t have this visual attention problem. They can serve the same purpose as the spinners, but are more classroom-ready and less distracting. In the same way, the Kickstarted Fidget Cube, too, is probably also more classroom-friendly.

The ConversationFidget items do seem to serve a valuable purpose. There’s still science to be done, but they’re not just a fad. They embody an enduring phenomenon that nearly everyone uses at some point – just watch your own behavior when doing desk work or sitting in meetings. My research team continues to study fidgeting behavior and design, working to create next-generation smart fidget objects that support managing attention and keeping calm.

Katherine Isbister, Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.