Mat Harrison, a longtime Programmer at Socket, was recently named the 2013 Socketeer of the Year

The Socketeer-of-the-Year award was started 9 years ago, when Socket's owners decided to honor one of the year’s monthly You-Make-The-Difference-Award winners based on their embodiment of our Core Values and Beliefs.

Mat joined Socket’s tech support team in October 2004 before moving to the programming department in 2005. He writes a variety of applications we use here at Socket to keep our customers running smoothly, and he also develops and improves elements of Socket’s website.

You've heard us talking a lot about the fiber-to-the-home network we've built in rural Boone and Callaway counties. And you probably know that fiber broadband brings high-speed Internet access to these rural areas.

But if you don't know how fiber technology actually works, it's worth taking a few minutes to learn because...well...this is pretty cool stuff.

Taking classes while raising a family is no easy task. Just ask Jessica Lairmore of Millersburg. She began taking online classes from Moberly Area Community College in January 2012 and now takes business courses online from Columbia College.

When she first started out, she used a cellular data plan to access course materials and videos online, take tests and submit assignments.