NOVEMBER 2 0 21 Cornerstone Group © 2021 YOUR QUARTERLY DOSE OF TECHNOLOGY INSPIRATION Connections Win a $10 Bill Credit What is the upload speed of our 1 Gig residential FiberFast Internet package? Answer: _____________________________ Name: ______________________________ Phone:_ _____________________________ Email: _ _____________________________ Clip and return by November 30, 2021 to Panora Telco, 114 East Main Street, Panora, IA 50216. Congratulations to Kim Firebaugh, the most recent Panora Telco winner. One winner chosen at random per quarter. Contest open to Panora Telco customers age 18 and over. Applicants can win once per 12-month period. Other restrictions may apply. 114 East Main Street Panora, IA 50216 (641) 755-2424 • www.panoratelco.com Office Hours: M–F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Office Closures November 25-26 for Thanksgiving holiday December 23-24 for Christmas holiday December 31 for New Year’s holiday We Wish You a Joyous Holiday Season Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and Panora Telco hopes you relish these holidays to their fullest. May you be surrounded by your favorite people while enjoying your favorite activities. Do you have areas in your home with a weak or unreliable Wi-Fi connection? You need Managed Wi-Fi. This monthly service provides an advanced router for seamless signal continuity, an app for remote management, and local service and support. You’ll have the internet connection you need for all your devices in all your rooms. To sign up for Managed Wi-Fi, call (641) 755-2424 A device in every hand requires strong Wi-Fi in every room
Have You Checked Out Our New Internet Speeds? Panora Telco recently increased the speeds of our FiberFast Internet packages. We did this to keep pace with the higher bandwidth demands of streaming along with the rising numbers of devices in use in our customers’ homes. You can now choose from these residential download/upload speed options: • 100/100 Mbps – $89.95 monthly • 300/300 Mbps – $119.95 monthly • 1 Gig/300 Mbps – $199.95 monthly, which includes Managed Wi-Fi The best FiberFast Internet package for you will be the one that provides everyone in your household with a good online experience while staying within your budget. To help determine your needs, ask yourself these questions: How many devices in your home are typically connected to the internet and in use simultaneously? How often are family members watching movies and series on streaming services? Is buffering a problem? Are there gamers in your household having issues with reaction time and lags? Does anyone in your household work from home? For additional details, call Panora Telco at (641) 755-2424. 10M bits per second 75M 100M 150M 200M 250M 350M 1000M 450M 25M Smart home devices can reduce the stress of the holiday season by taking some of the tasks off your to-do list. Are you taking full advantage of this handy technology? Holiday Light Control If you love to brighten your home inside and out with what seems like miles of light strands, you know what a hassle it can be to plug and unplug them each day. Save yourself the trouble by using smart plugs in your electric outlets. You can control smart plugs via your mobile device or smart speaker, or program them to turn on and off automatically according to your schedule. While you’re at it, consider swapping out your regular light bulbs in lamps and ceiling fixtures with smart bulbs. They offer color-changing capabilities to light up walls and décor for a more festive mood. Doorbell Cameras You’ll probably have more visitors and more packages at your front door this time of year. By installing a doorbell camera, you can stay updated on what’s happening with both. These cameras allow you to view and chat with porch visitors through a smartphone app —whether you’re on the other side of the door or the other side of the country. They can also alert you when a package is dropped off, so you can grab it yourself or call a neighbor to do it for you. Plus, just the sight of a doorbell camera on a front porch may deter package thefts. Voice-Enabled Smart Speakers A smart speaker is like a “digital elf ” that can handle all kinds of tasks. For example, the Amazon Echo can create multiple shopping lists (for gifts, party supplies, and more), schedule reminders, track an airline flight, play a Christmas carol for you, or even order a last-minute gift. Housework Helpers Get help managing your home. Robot vacuum cleaners and mops can automatically clean up messes, and smart refrigerators can alert you when the door is left open and tell you what’s inside so you know what food to pick up at the store. Panora Telco offers the high-speed internet you need to support smart home devices. To learn more, call (641) 755-2424. Tech the Halls to Simplify Your Holiday PANORA TELCO • ( 641 ) 755-2424 • www.panorate l co. com
Cornerstone Group © 2021 This One Process Can Fix Many Wi-Fi Issues We’ve all been there. The Wi-Fi connection in your home stops working, and you can’t access the internet. It’s a frustrating situation, but one that often has a quick and easy solution. The next time this happens to you, restart your router using the process below: 1. Unplug or power off your router. 2. Wait 2-5 minutes before plugging it back in. 3. Wait 5 more minutes and retry the connection. (If your home uses a router and a modem, follow the same steps for both pieces of equipment.) In many cases, this should fix your Wi-Fi issue and allow you to get back online. Why is this so? Because unplugging the equipment gives it a chance to clean memory banks and restart tasks, similar to why restarting your computer is the number one troubleshooting strategy when it isn’t working correctly. It’s also important to understand how your router communicates with you. Most routers have a series of icons that illuminate to convey different status messages at a glance. Though these icons can vary from brand to brand, they typically include ones to indicate the status of whether the modem is connected to the internet, whether Wi-Fi signals are being broadcast, and whether Ethernet cables are connected and functioning. When everything is working properly, you can expect the icons to be solid or blinking green or blue light. This signals that a device is plugged in and functioning normally. When there’s a connection issue, the icons may turn red or orange/amber. An orange/ amber light may indicate a problem or limited connectivity, whereas a red or unlit icon may signal there’s no current connection. In order to be clear on what your router is communicating to you, refer to the user manual for a more detailed explanation. You can usually find a digital copy of your router’s manual by doing a Google search using the device’s name and model number followed by “user manual.” Should you continue to experience Wi-Fi issues with your Panora Telco internet service after doing basic troubleshooting, call (641) 755-2424 for assistance. How Technology Can Help Seniors Live Independently Technology is available to provide a safer, more intuitive home environment for older adults living alone, making it possible for them to address their challenges and livemore independently. Examples include: Smart Detection Devices – Stove alarms alert older adults to potentially dangerous situations and help prevent potential fire hazards. Devices are also available to detect water leaks and air quality issues. Smart Medication Pillboxes – These offer audible or visual cues to prompt older adults to take their medications at the proper time. They can also send remote alerts to caregivers. Motion-Activated Lights – Tripping is a common concern. To prevent fumbling around in the dark, motionactivated lights can be installed. Smart Doorbells and Security Systems – Doorbells provide a video picture of visitors to help older adults decide whether to answer the door. Security systems can be programmed to automatically lock doors and alert homeowners and caregivers if issues arise. Other Assistive Technologies – There are phones with large, highvisibility displays that are easy to see and use, keyless entry locks for those with arthritic hands, and curtains or blinds that can be operated with a remote control.
One of the benefits of being a cooperative member is the opportunity to receive patronage dividends based on our financial performance. We work diligently to keep our records updated to ensure we get dividend checks issued to qualifying members. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to reach the members below. If you appear on this list or you know how to reach someone listed, call Panora Telco at (641) 755-2424. Remember to let us know when you contact information changes so we can reach you in the future. AGNES HART ALAN D SHRIVER ALFRED BUSCH HEIRS ALLAN & JOANN ACKERMAN ALLEN TORBENSEN AMANDA MOONEY AMANDA MOONEY AMY HILLS PARADISE AMY N MITCHELL CANINE ANNA BURKHARDT ANNA MAE HUTTON ANNE MALECHA ANTHONY & JANIE KOKAKIS AUBREY PETERSEN BAMBI BATES BERNARD J KENNEY BERT CUE BETTE J JONES BETTY M KLINE BEVERLY SCHULTZ BILL OCKER BOB DROGO BRAD GIBBONS BREN MICHAL BRIAN J DORR BROOKE STAPES BRUCE & ALICE ANNEAR BRYAN WESTPHALEN BRYCE EVISON HEIRS CARL D LAMBERTI CARL STILL CAROL L ROST CARROLL LEIB CASSEY SANGER CATHERINE GARWOOD CHARLES L MOORE CHLOE GILMORE CLARENCE E PEASLEY JR CODY LOCKHART CRAIG BOOK CYNTHIA DAEGES SHOOK CYNTHIA R JENSEN D L WILES D MICHAEL ELLIOTT DAN ZWACK DANIEL C BILLER DARRELL G BICKEL DAVID A BROWN DAVID D BEAUDOIN DAVID HAMILTON DAVID JOHNSON DAVID L ANDERSON DEB HOOK DEBBIE POTE DEEANNA PENDARVIS DENNIS GLENN DENNIS KEMBLE DENNIS SCHOUP DIANA K HARVEY KING DIANE K ECKLOR HATFIELD DON C DAVIDSON DON L BEIGHLER JR DONALD BEAL DONALD D SCHRACK JR DONALD L BIEGHLER SR DOROTHY WAY DOROTHY WELSCH DOUG B BECK DOUGLAS HARD DOUGLAS R KOONTZ ERIC HOLLEN ERIK SPENCER ETHEL OATHOUDT EVERETT SCOTT FLORENCE NELSON HEIRS FRANCIS DANNER FRANK M WALKER FRANK PRIDEAUX JR GALE R MARTIN GARY W DEVILBISS GENE W STANBROUGH GENESIS DEVELOPMENT GEORGE ESSY GEORGIA FISH GEORGIA FISH GERALD A WAGNER GERALD E MARTIN GERALD J SUNTKEN GEROGE HARVEY GLEN L CADWELL GLENN HENDRICKS GLENN ZIMMERMAN GLORIA ANDERSON GRADEN SCOVILL GREG LANDRY HAROLD SMITH HARRY L HATFIELD HEIRS HELEN HOPKINS HELEN WOLKEN HILDA JORGENSEN HUGH C SHEPARD INNOVATIVE PALLET IVAN RYNEARSON J U KYLE JACK & HELEN BOYT JACK CAIN JACK MCWILLIAMS JACK THORP SR JAMES BINKARD JAMES GANDY JAMES L REPP JAMES M BYBEE JAMIE FERGUSON JAN BROWER JANE L SHIPMAN JANICE MUNDT JANIE HATFIELD JASON R MEACHAM JASON SONGER JAY FOSTER JEAN STOFER JEFF MANLEY JEFFEREY WALLACE JEFFREY D LOGAN JEFFREY DAVID MAU JEFFREY MILLER JERRY & DONNA HIBBS JERRY H BINNS JILL T THOMPSON JIM BARNETT JIM SHATTUCK JIM WIEBENGA JIM WIEBENGA JO WINSLOW JOANN B JENSEN JOANN NOBLE JOE VIGNAROLI JOHN & JUDY COMBS JOHN C KLINE JOHN D ALLPRESS JOHN FROHLICH JOHN G LARSON JOHN L SEEMAN JOHN M ORR JOHN M PERKINS JOHN TALBOTT JON D BRANSON JONATHAN BANCROFT JONATHAN R MCCLUNG JOSEPH S FEREZY JOSH PATTERSON JOSHUA ZIMMER JUDY M WILLS JULIA WOLFE JULIE NELSON JUSTIN WINFRED KARLEY MORTON KATHLEEN RICE JENKINS KELLY CURRIE KENNETH E MOON KIM KNUEVEN KIM M HAWBAKER KIMBERLY L SMITH KK BYARS KORY DILLON KRISTI MORRISON KURT HOBERG KURT SWENSON L R LAKOSKY LAURA HARVEY LESTON L WILSON LEWIS E VIERLING LINDA HONOLD LINDA JOAN ANDERSON LINDA MILLOTA LINDA SCHWEITZER LISA INMAN LITHOGRAPHICS INC LUCAS SORENSEN M L HARVEY MADGE SONKSEN HEIRS MAGARET FOY MANDI EDWARDS MARK EPPERSON MARSHA POTE MARY L STONEBURNER MATT BOGENRIEF MAURICE R HAY MAX BOWERS MAX JOHNSON MICHAEL D GILBERT MIKE NIEMANN MILO R DEPHILLIPS MINDY J SHACKLEFOR MINDY KRAMER MOLLY & CHRIS PIPER MRS CHARLES HUGHES MRS DARRELL MANLEY MRS HARRY EASTMAN MRS RALPH CURLER NELLIE BAUGH NICHOLAS C MULLER NORMAN COX NORMAN OLSON NORMAN RICHARDSON NORTHERN NATURAL GAS NOVELINE MARTIN PAM STUCKER PATRICK ESSY PATTY SMITHSON PATTY SMITHSON PAUL & CHARLOTTE DRAEGER PAUL OLSON PEGGY DRAKE CLARK PENNY LUTHENS, TRUSTSS QUALITY AUTO SALES R W WITT R&D PLUMBING RALPH STILL RANDY MILLER RAY SCHNEIDER RENEA KRUEGER RICARDO RAMIREZ RICHARD C REGER RICHARD E MCDONALD RICHARD L HANKINSON RICHARD MENHUSEN RICHARD PEREZ SR RICHARD WEEKLY ROBB MEEK ROBERT B MOREY ROBERT JACKSON ROBERT T VANPATTER ROBERTA SHELLENBARGER ROD HERR ROD SCHAUER RONALD D WILLSHER RONALD G DOOD ROSE MARIE JACKSON ROY HEFLEY RUTH MILLER SAMANTHA FRIEND SAMANTHA FRIEND SAMBOY SARANNE D ZEIGLER SAYEED B HUSSAIN SERLIN BULICHE SHANNON WALTZ SHIRELY EHRIG SKELGAS SKIP CHAPMAN SONDRA OCKER STAN HURTS STAN REYNEK STEPHEN J HECK STEPHEN MAY STEVE CORRIGAN JR SUMMY LAND LLC SUNNYFRESH FOODS INC SUSAN IRELAND SUSAN MARIE SAMPLE TAYLORS CORNER TERRY M ARMSTRONG THERESA L GEOPFERT THOMAS A ROSSKOPF THOMAS L CANNON THOMAS L KINNEY TINA BAINTER LLOYD TOMASA GUEVARA J UNITED HEALTH CARE URSULA CHAMBERS VELTA E GOODWIN VICTOR VANMEER WAYNE ANDERSON WILLIAM R PETTIT WYMAN JENSEN ZANE B SMITH ZELLA CRABBS Cornerstone Group © 2021 Help Us Find These Cooperative Members