The Rainbow Connection for Spring 2023

connection 800-892-0163 Contact Us Office Hours All locations open Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. Atchison Office 721 Commercial Street Atchison, KS 66002 Everest Office 608 Main Street Everest, KS 66424 Hiawatha Office 628 Oregon Street Hiawatha, KS 66434 Seneca Office 513 Main Street Seneca, KS 66538 Technical Support Center 800-892-0163 24 hours a day, 7 days a week FRS Youth Tour Winners Here are the winners of the 2023 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.: • Aden Geisendorf, son of Willie and Katie Geisendorf. He’s a junior at Hiawatha High School. • Kaden Smith, son of Jason and Rhonda Smith. He’s a junior at Horton High School. Rainbow sponsors this all-expense-paid trip to the Nation’s Capital. Students tour famous sites and monuments, meet with the FCC and congressional staff, develop leadership skills, and more! The trip will take place May 30 – June 4. April/May/June 2023 THE RAINBOW Cornerstone Group © 2022 Meet Rainbow’s 2022-23 Youth Advisory Council The Rainbow Youth Advisory Council is comprised of juniors from high schools within our serving area. Its purpose is to educate and involve students in the scope of our services and obtain ideas and suggestions from student leaders regarding technology. In exchange for their time and participation, Rainbow gives each council member a $500 scholarship upon program completion. We thank the council members: • Aden Geisendorf, son of Willie and Katie Geisendorf, Hiawatha High School • Ashtyn Young, daughter of LaRochelle Young, Maur Hill-Mount Academy • Franklin Pantle, son of Connie Ellerman, Atchison County Community High School • Harper Smith, daughter of Rick and Shelley Smith, Sabetha High School • Isabelle Gaskell, daughter of Karl and Pam Gaskell, Horton High School • Kaylynn Miner, daughter of Brett and Stacey Miner, DoniphanWest High School • Landon Affield, son of Lorin and Stephanie Affield, Atchison High School • Lena Leatherman, daughter of Ben and Jodi Leatherman, DoniphanWest High School • Luke Schmelzle, son of Kirby and Kristin Schmelzle, Nemaha Central High School • Madison Anderson, daughter of Nathaniel and Rebecca Anderson, Riverside High School These students have met in person to network with one another and to discuss and execute halftime entertainment for various local basketball games. They’ve also learned about Rainbow’s various career paths, spliced fiber, designed marketing material for games, and more. The last meeting of the year for council members will be held at the Hiawatha Creamery on April 16, 2023, at 4 pm. It’s also open to sophomores looking to apply for the Rainbow Youth Advisory Council.There will be yard games, ice breakers for the newcomers, and then the scholarship presentation. If you’re interested in becoming a council member and wish to learn more, call Kinsey Boller at 800-892-0163.

RainbowLIVE Upcoming Streaming Events RainbowLIVE is our over-the-top video service that brings FREE local content right to your TV via the Internet!This spring you’ll be able to catch up on all the basketball you may have missed this winter as well as watch many live events in our area including local baseball, graduations, awards nights, and much more. RainbowLIVE also has a video-on-demand section that will allow you to enjoy any of the events streamed through our site— from dance recitals to youth baseball and even some local parades. When looking on the site, be sure to check out resources in our “Rainbow Content” section about “What is Streaming?” to help you determine what you will need to continue to watch your favorite programs every evening. If you’re interested in what else is happening here at Rainbow, we also have videos about local businesses and how they use our fiber services, called Digital Media Packages. You’ll never be bored with RainbowLIVE. Download the RainbowLIVE Roku app or scan the QR code to access it on your computer, smartphone or tablet. The content is always FREE! Rainbow congratulates the 2023 graduates in our service area and wishes them well as they continue their life journeys. We hope they’ll be inspired by these quotes from famous commencement speakers in the past. However, you don’t have to be a graduating senior to benefit from the words below. We can all learn something. “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.” —Anna Quindlen, Villanova University, 2000 “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new… Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford, 2005 “Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.” — Madeleine Albright, UNC, 2007 “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” — Oprah Winfrey, Howard University, 2007 “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.” — Conan O’Brian, Dartmouth College, 2011 “To those of you graduates sitting out there who have a pretty good idea of what you’d like to do with your life, congratulations. For many of you who maybe don’t have it all figured out, it’s OK. That’s the same chair that I sat in. Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don’t listen to the critics and you will figure it out.” —Will Ferrell, University of Southern California, 2017 Words of Wisdom for Graduates and Others

Cornerstone Group © 2022 Dangers of Multitasking While Driving When cars were first invented, drivers expected just one thing—to get from point A to point B. Today’s drivers also have the ability to listen to music, talk on the phone, exchange text messages and emails, post to social media, and more. But what price do we pay for this convenience? Thousands of people die in the United States each year in crashes caused by drivers who are distracted by texting and other activities, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Half a million more suffer injuries in distraction-related crashes. These statistics are a stark reminder of the dangers of multitasking while driving, and Rainbow encourages our customers to keep your focus on driving when you get behind the wheel. The risks of multitasking are especially high for teen drivers, who are already the most crash-prone drivers due to inexperience. Consider this: • Texting drivers are 23 times more dangerous than attentive drivers. • Texting while driving is about six times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated. • F or every six seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends nearly five of those seconds with his or her eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cellphone tasks. • 51 percent of teens say they text while driving. • Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on a cellphone or texting. • Talking on a cellphone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old individual. There’s no doubt that devices can make our lives easier. For safety’s sake, however, the issue for all of us to think about is the “when and where” of their use. Doesn’t driving deserve our full concentration? Couldn’t we wait a few minutes to make that call or send that text? Do the teens in our lives understand the potential dangers? Technology is wonderful, but only if used responsibly. Methods Often Used by IdentityThieves Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your personal information including: • Dumpster Diving –They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it. • Skimming –They steal credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card. • Phishing –They pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information. • Changing Your Address –They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a “change of address” formwith the United States Post Office. • “Old-Fashioned” Stealing –They steal wallets and purses. They also steal mail including bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks, and tax information. Identity thieves may even steal personnel records from their employers or bribe employees who have access to these records. One way to avoid having financial and personal information in your mailbox is to use eBilling. To sign up to receive and pay your Rainbow bills online, visit

Cornerstone Group © 2022 RainbowCommunications RainbowCommunications Rainbow is Springing Forward with Spring Community Events At Rainbow, makes it a priority to have a strong presence in our communities. Throughout the next couple of months, we’ll be gearing up for warm weather and supporting a variety of local events: • We’ll assist with Project Atchison and Riverbend Habitat for Humanity and their makeover project this year by providing snacks and drinks for volunteers that participate. • We’ll be at First Fridays in Atchison starting May 5 to hand out giveaways. You can also submit your interest in getting Rainbow fiber Internet during these events. • L ooking ahead to summer, we’ll join the fun at the Horton Car Show on June 3 in Horton. Come visit us in front of the bouncy house. While our business is providing communications connections, our heart is with building community connections. When there’s a need in our communities, you can count on Rainbow to be there. Routers are often the forgotten workhorses of the home network. Many people pay no attention to them unless there’s a malfunction. That’s unfortunate, since there’s an inexpensive and effective way to get a commercial-class premium router—upgrade to Rainbow’s Premium Wi-Fi service. You’ll experience improved Wi-Fi range, get a stronger signal, and have the technology you need to better handle the demands of all the users and devices in your household. Here are some reasons to consider signing up for Rainbow’s PremiumWi-Fi: 1. You’re experiencing frequent symptoms of an underpowered or overwhelmed router. These include network-related congestion issues, like slow-loading web pages or stuttering video playback, that can’t be chalked up to a slow broadband connection. Another sign is not being able to get a strong Wi-Fi signal everywhere in your home. 2. You’ve had the router for several years. Nothing lasts forever, including routers. The latest router models support the 802.11ac wireless standard, which can effectively handle 20 or more devices. By contrast, the 802.11g standard—introduced in 2003— was designed to handle just two or three. With Rainbow’s commercial-class premium router, your home’s Wi-Fi network will be fast and reliable for a plethora of devices. 3. You’re not getting the Internet speeds you expect from your plan. Some older routers have a speed cap limiting the maximum Internet speed possible, which means your outdated router may be preventing you from receiving the full speed of your Internet plan. Sign up now for Rainbow’s PremiumWi-Fi to get a commericial-class premium router, installation, and more. For details, visit 3 Reasons You Might Need Rainbow’s Premium Wi-Fi