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Sandpoint’s Shook Twins featured in Ting commercial

Shook Twins

Meet Sandpoint’s Shook Twins

Have you seen Ting’s commercial for Sandpoint? Maybe you recognize the track, “Growing Things” by Shook Twins. Born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, Laurie and Katelyn Shook have been making music together since their teen years.

We got the chance to catch up with the Shook Twins and chat about their music as well as their formative years in Sandpoint.

Streaming services can save cord-cutting schools money

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Streaming services for the classroom

streaming servicesWhat do you think about saving tax-payer dollars by bringing streaming services to the classroom? Cord cutting has been skyrocketing in popularity as recent studies have found cord cutting can save the consumer over $1,000 a year. Now, what about schools? Can they too benefit from cord cutting? As budgets become tight, many schools are considering cutting their TV bills. However, they are still looking for ways to bring video into the classroom as a teaching tool.

The problem is most streaming services don’t include legal rights to stream their content into a classroom. Technically, showing Netflix or Sling TV in a classroom breaks the terms of service as it does not include an additional fee for a public display license. Streaming Netflix or Sling TV content into classrooms will raise the risk of future legal action.

You’ll be glad to learn that there are several streaming services, both free and subscription-based, that can help make learning more fun. Let’s look at a few of our favorite options built especially with classroom learning in mind.

A few fiber optic cable networking terms

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Mystified by fiber optic cable terminology?

fiber optic cableWe try our best to avoid industry jargon. There are certain concepts, though, where jargon is the only concise way to say a thing. “Fiber blowing,” for example, beats “shoot air down a tube to reduce friction such that a fiber optic cable can be pushed as opposed to pulled through the conduit, lessening the risk of damage.”

We’ll continue to avoid jargon. That said, if your interest in the building out of a fiber network goes beyond “when will it be in my neighborhood?” there are a few terms and concepts it would be beneficial to understand.

The Sandpoint fiber network gets lit

Sandpoint fiber network
In our Sandpoint progress reports, we offer as much information as we possibly can on the fiber network build process. We’ll also talk about Ting events, promotions and some of the work we’re doing in the Sandpoint community. Check back regularly to keep up to date on the latest.

In our last update we announced where Phase 2 construction would take place here in Sandpoint. A lot has happened since we last spoke, and we’ve started lighting up our first fiber customers in Phase 1.

Our guide to the best streaming TV services for traveling

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Summer is officially here and for many, that means traveling. Whether that is to a beach house, camping, or a week at the cottage, the good news is you can take your streaming with you. If you’ve been looking for the best streaming TV on the Internet, this guide’s for you.

I often travel for work and rather than hoping the hotel has a good TV lineup, I take a streaming player with me to watch my favorite shows on the road.

That raises the question, which of the many live TV streaming services is best for travelers? Well, the truth is, what’s right for me may not be right for you. We’ll break down each service’s rules and let you pick and choose the ones you like.

The best streaming TV service for traveling is…

Ready to stream Twitch games, cord cutters?

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Stream Twitch games for free

Twitch is an Amazon streaming service dedicated to the world of video game live streaming and eSports. Now, with over two million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users, it is a powerhouse.

Recently, Twitch has moved into the world of highly produced video game programming. From airing major eSports events to creating their own documentaries with the launch of Twitch Studios on the world of sports, Twitch is the go-to place for gaming.