Passionate Entrepreneur Driven to Assist Nonprofits


A Rhode Island innovation story may not get more homegrown than Katherine Messier’s. But the impact of her work resonates with nonprofits in every single state in the union, and beyond. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she is executive director of Mobile Beacon – a company she founded in 2010 that provides broadband service […]

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Mobile Beacon Launches Disaster Recovery Program to Assist Community Anchor Institutions with Rebuilding After Hurricanes


(Johnston, Rhode Island) November 15, 2017 – Mobile Beacon is announcing the launch of a Disaster Recovery Program to help community anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations etc. in Texas, Georgia, and Florida who were affected by the recent hurricanes. The Disaster Recovery Program is designed to support affected communities as […]

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Libraries Advance Digital Inclusion Role With Hotspots


Libraries are a lynchpin for national, state, and local digital inclusion efforts—particularly our 16,500+ public library locations across the country. Mobile Beacon’s report “Creating Opportunity Through Connectivity”, as well as research on rural library hotspot lending in “At the Edges of the National Digital Platform”, provide evidence of this critical library role and the need […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide: One Organization at a Time


By Katherine Messier, Director of NACEPF & Executive Director of Mobile Beacon and Kristen Perry, Voqal The digital divide runs wide and deep in the U.S., where 34 million people still lack internet access. The internet is not only the way we connect with our family and friends – it is also essential for important […]

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Digital Inclusion Program, Bridging the Gap, Distributed 300 Computers and Internet Service to Low-income Residents in Salt Lake City


(Salt Lake City, UT) October 31, 2017 – During the weekend of October 13th, Bridging the Gap, a national digital inclusion program, distributed over 300 computers and internet service to low-income residents of Salt Lake City. The computers were distributed in partnership with local housing authorities and nonprofits. Bridging the Gap is a nonprofit-led initiative […]

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Mobile Beacon Internet Hotspots Help Keep Nonprofits Connected


Working out of Rhode Island, Delaware and Florida, Providence-based Capital Good Fund employees are often on the road and in need of reliable internet access. After the recent Equifax data breach, the nonprofit loan agency’s CEO, Andy Posner, said it’s “important to … ensure protection from hacking” and not have employees rely on “unprotected Wi-Fi […]

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A Tightly Focused Mission Can Produce Much Broader Effects


By Katherine Messier, Mobile Beacon Founder & Director Seven years ago, I founded Mobile Beacon to help nonprofit organizations maximize their impact with the greatest communication tool of our time, the internet. My ­vision was to empower nonprofits to work more efficiently with $10 per month anytime, anywhere internet access. Read more at Providence Business […]

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Mobile Beacon Technology Empowers Nonprofits, Those in Poverty


Since its founding by Executive Director Katherine Messier in 2010, nonprofit Mobile Beacon has extended low-cost, high-speed mobile, internet-access service to nonprofits, schools, libraries and homes across the country. In arguably its biggest accomplishment, the company started the first-ever library hotspot lending program in 2012 with the Providence Community Library, allowing patrons to check out […]

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Mobile Beacon is Now Accepting Applications for the Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion Grant


JOHNSTON, R.I., Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mobile Beacon is now accepting applications for its Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion Grant. The grant provides 25 laptops and 25 4G LTE mobile hotspots with free, mobile, and unlimited 4G LTE internet access for one year. Mobile Beacon’s Wi-Fly grant is valued at $20,000. The grant is open to schools, libraries, nonprofits, […]

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Mobile Beacon Calls for Wi-Fly Grant Applications


JOHNSTON – Mobile Beacon, a wireless-service provider that offers discounted internet access for schools and nonprofits, is now accepting applications for its annual Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion Grant. The grant, valued at $20,000, provides each recipient with 25 laptops and 25 Wi-Fi hotspots with free, unlimited 4G LTE mobile internet access for one year. Read the […]

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