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Can We Live Without the Internet Post COVID-19?

If we learned anything in 2020, it’s that every home in America needs reliable access to the internet. In 2020, 4 million fewer shoppers made purchases during the Black Friday weekend than in 2019, yet Cyber Monday online shopping rose 15%, according to Adobe Analytics. With state and local orders to stay home, schools turning…

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Power Bills, Reliable Service and COVID-19

Answers to your questions about Benton REA’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Q: Are my electricity and internet service considered essential? A: Yes. Benton REA and PowerNET are considered essential service providers and will remain operating during the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-home order. Reliable electricity and internet services are critical to fighting the virus. Benton…

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New Managed Router Service

Be in control of your home network internet use with PowerNET’s newest product. For just $5 per month, PowerNET offers a managed router service. Using a PowerNET approved router, PowerNET will provide a managed service that can help troubleshoot your internal network. You’ll be able to  see who’s using the internet, pause internet access to…

Free Internet Security Classes Offered by PowerNET

Do you ever wonder if you are at risk of an internet hack or online identity fraud? Every day thousands of hackers may be attempting to steal your personal information. But you can stop them. Benton REA and PowerNET want you to be confident in your ability to be aware of and prevent internet and…

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6 Ways to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age – Safe Email

Every day, countless emails are sent all over the world that attempt to steal your information, get you to send money, install malware or otherwise scam you. These emails are called phishing emails—the worst of the emails we collectively call spam. PowerNET uses a spam filter to help catch these bad emails and help keep…

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Benton REA and PowerNET Expand Office Hours

Starting October 1, Benton REA and PowerNET will open earlier in Prosser and will remain open during the lunch hour in West Richland. The expanded office hours will allow members to speak with a member service representative as early as 7 a.m. on the phone and in person at the Prosser office. The West Richland…

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Is Wireless Internet Right For Me?

Since 1997, Benton REA has served the Mid-Columbia and Lower Yakima Valleys with fast, reliable and safe internet through PowerNET. If you are new to the area, or just want to know more about your internet options, take a look at the answers to these frequently asked questions about PowerNET internet. What is wireless internet…

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PowerNET Upgrades Internet Speeds

Benton REA is excited to announce that its PowerNET internet customers are currently receiving a faster connection at no additional cost! PowerNET customers may have noticed the increased speeds in mid-March. Technicians replaced 15 access points and 450 subscriber antennas between October 2017 and January 2018 to make the upgrade possible for all PowerNET internet…

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PowerNET Remains Net Neutral

On March 5, Washington became the first state to approve its own net-neutrality rules that will take effect in June 2018. This move followed the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 decision to repeal certain regulations on broadband companies. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet the same,…