Today marks a major milestone for Rogers. On September 30, 1960, Ted Rogers purchased a fledgling FM radio station with an $85,000 loan. His vision and passion built a business that is now a national telecommunications and media powerhouse with the fastest and most reliable network, 53 radio stations, over-the-air and specialty television stations, a stable of magazines, and the country’s only Major League Baseball team, the Blue Jays.
Throughout these 50 years, Rogers has also been a company of many firsts. We were the first cable company in North America to launch commercial high-speed Internet service. We were also the first to launch HSPA+ wireless network technology in North America. Rogers also launched the first BlackBerry service in the world, and we were the first to bring Android phones and Wi-Fi + 3G netbooks to Canada.
We’re celebrating this milestone with a contest for our RedBoard readers: Just tell us in the comments section of this post, in 100 words or less, how technology has changed your life for the better and you could win a Wi-Fi + 3G 32GB iPad.
Stacey Fowler is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
Contest closes at 2:30 p.m. ET on October 1, 2010. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, tell us in 100 words or less, on the RedBoard blog, how technology has changed your life for the better. Prize: one (1) Wi-Fi + 3G 32GB iPad valued at $779 to be won. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the quality of the post and the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.
Update (October 1, 3:48 p.m.): The entry period for our Rogers 50th Anniversary contest has closed – we had a blast reading how technology has changed your lives for the better in so many different ways. Well done!
We had to narrow it down to the top five entries, and the winner was chosen from that pool of five by random draw.
Here are the four runners-up who get an honourable mention:
Technology has changed my life for the better in so many different ways. I thought I would express my love for technology in a poem. I hope you enjoy:
so C ial Networking
H i Speed Internet
iPho N e
Rogers O n Demand
L CD TV
Y fi (wifi)
That “Rogers On Demand” is a total life saver. I mean it…especially when 24 was on and you wanted to rewatch an episode…5 times!!!
Without technology, I’d have to actually hand write this comment and mail it in… then I’d have to wait 6-8 weeks to see if I won or not. Technology is the best!
I have 4 kids playing house league hockey and coach a couple of the teams. I use my Blackberry for everything from tracking ice times, checking web sites and sending out team e-mails in real time to calling my wife to find out what is happening at the rink I can’t get to. Having the technology to do everything at the rink gives me back time to spend with the kids.
When I was young, I had anger problems. My parents took me to tons of specialists and I ended up getting myself in a lot of trouble growing up. Eventually I ended up in a group home and one of the staff members there introduced me to computers. I immediately latched on. They gave me a focus. This focus grew and grew as more and more technology came out. I was able to change my life for the better and accomplish my Business degree and now I work around technology selling it and passing my passion and knowledge to others.
And here is our winning entry! (Jay, we will get in touch with you via email to arrange delivery):
I remember when calendars where tethered to kitchen walls, contact information to little black books, and communications to paper, pen and telephones. I now carry all that (enhanced) functionality in my pocket and share it with the people I need to. Technology helps set me free.