Controller Mark Webster and Network Administrator Bill Holden present to the group about internet television and how it works.
On Thursday, May 2, the Champlain Telephone Company held the 2013 Technology Showcase at the Knights of Columbus on Oak Street.
It was the first showcase of its kind since the company was started in 1903.
“The most important thing is that we continue to adapt to change,”said Vicki Marking, marketing manager for the Champlain Telephone Company. “We’re so much more than just a traditional telephone company.”
About 50 people showed up to the three-hour-long event, which was comprised of five workshops: social media, mobile devices, internet speeds, getting video content over the internet and basic computer know-how.
Even though each workshop’s topic was different, they all had the common goal of informing.
The social media workshop took a look at various forms of social media, like Pinterest and Facebook, and educated attendees about how those websites can be utilized for both personal and business interests.
“One of the other topics, mobile devices, mostly covered tablets and smart phones,” Marking said. “We gave them an overview on the different devices and services compare and contrast. We just want people to be more informed, so they can pick and choose what is best for them.”
There are also a lot of internet speeds available, so the showcase helped people choose the best speed based on what they use the internet for.
It explained that someone who only uses the internet for casual browsing probably doesn’t need as much bandwidth as someone who is downloading videos.
“We are an internet company, so if people want the biggest, fastest package, we’re absolutely able to sell it to them, but we also want people to get what they need,” Marking said. “We’d rather have people at a level they actually need.”
A workshop on getting video content over the internet gave people options besides satellite television for finding entertainment online, and included popular sites like Hulu and Netflix.
And tying it all together, the basic computer know-how workshop answered basic questions regarding home computers, like setting up emails, regular computer maintenance and updating antivirus software.
“As an internet service provider, we want people to see all of the wonderful things they can get on the internet,” Marking said. “We just want to promote the use of the internet in its entirety, and people can’t fully use it unless they know about all of these things.”
The Champlain Telephone Company plans on holding another Technology Showcase next year. In the meantime, their annual Customer Appreciation Day is slated to be held at the company’s headquarters, 1118 Rt. 9, Champlain, on Saturday, Aug. 17.