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Quarantine Essentials Guide

Quarantine Essentials Guide

Need a little help keeping your sanity as we all #stayathome?


Us, too. 


We’ve culled the Internet to create the ultimate guide of activities, exercises, entertainment and classes (many of them free right now!) to help you get through this period of self isolation and quarantine. 


From fitness streams of renowned trainers to virtual tours of famous museums around the world, from online concerts to online therapy sessions- we hope these links and ideas bring you peace of mind, fun, organization and creativity during this challenging time.


We're all in this together, one day at a time. Click the arrows to see the links and stay safe!

Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:28:28+00:00
Need a little help keeping your sanity as we all #stayathome? Us, too.  We’ve culled the Internet to create the ultimate guide of activities, exercises, entertainment and classes (many of them free right now!) to help you get through this period of self isolation and quarantine.  From fitness streams of renowned trainers to virtual tours of famous museums around the world, from online concerts to online therapy sessions- we hope these links and ideas bring you peace of mind, fun, organization and creativity during this challenging time. We're all in this together, one day at a time. Click the arrows to see the links and stay safe!

Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours


Feeling stir crazy? Take a visit to some of the coolest places on earth (virtually). 


Climb Mt. Fuji, visit the Pyramids of Giza, and even check out the base of Mount Everest: Google Earth (World Tours!)


Or check out a National Park via virtual National Park Tours


And for the art and history buffs out there, here's twelve places you can virtually tour from the couch including The Louvre and Van Gogh Museum: Virtual Historic Sites


Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:36:31+00:00
Virtual Tours Feeling stir crazy? Take a visit to some of the coolest places on earth (virtually).  Climb Mt. Fuji, visit the Pyramids of Giza, and even check out the base of Mount Everest: Google Earth (World Tours!) Or check out a National Park via virtual National Park Tours And for the art and history buffs out there, here's twelve places you can virtually tour from the couch including The Louvre and Van Gogh Museum: Virtual Historic Sites

Music & Concerts

Concerts


If music is medicine, then we could all use some right now! Claim your own first row seat as some of the most talented artists on earth live stream just for you -- or have a dance party in your living room with a setlist from a world-famous DJ.



Tune into Twitch TV for concert coverage and livestreams from artists all day:


Twitch


Official DJ of the quarantine: Club Quarantine.


Check out his next live stream club mix- click to follow: DJ D-Nice


Keep this guide handy -- it contains the full list of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown: Virtual Concerts


If you haven’t been turning into the Daily Livestream concerts from Ben Gibbard, you’re missing out: Ben Gibbard- Death Cab for Cutie


Enjoy a Broadway Musical from the comfort of your own couch: Watch Musicals for Free!


Treat yourself to some high culture with The Met’s Nightly Opera Streams: Met Nightly Streams


Pour a glass of wine and pretend you’re at a spring concert series with the Seattle Symphony: Seattle Symphony





 
Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:38:04+00:00
Concerts If music is medicine, then we could all use some right now! Claim your own first row seat as some of the most talented artists on earth live stream just for you -- or have a dance party in your living room with a setlist from a world-famous DJ. Tune into Twitch TV for concert coverage and livestreams from artists all day: Twitch Official DJ of the quarantine: Club Quarantine. Check out his next live stream club mix- click to follow: DJ D-Nice Keep this guide handy -- it contains the full list of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown: Virtual Concerts If you haven’t been turning into the Daily Livestream concerts from Ben Gibbard, you’re missing out: Ben Gibbard- Death Cab for Cutie Enjoy a Broadway Musical from the comfort of your own couch: Watch Musicals for Free! Treat yourself to some high culture with The Met’s Nightly Opera Streams: Met Nightly Streams Pour a glass of wine and pretend you’re at a spring concert series with the Seattle Symphony: Seattle Symphony  

Education & Arts

Education and the Arts


You’ve gone through every show on Netflix and now you’re ready to give your brain some exercise. With tons of companies and sites offering free online courses, you can learn a new skill or take that class you’ve always dreamed of.


Take an online courses from some of the best colleges: Free Online College Courses


Ever wanted to pick up coding? Do it for free!: Free Code Camp


Learn Adobe! Adobe is supporting educators & students with free at-home access to its Creative Cloud applications online. Adobe’s current global higher education & K-12 institution customers can request at-home access until May 31, 2020. It's also offering free 90-day access to its web conferencing tool, Adobe Connect, for both current subscribers & non-customers until July 1, 2020. Adobe Creative Cloud


The Guggenheim Museum just released more than 200 books about modern art. You can read them online or download them in PDF or ePub formats, free of charge at the Internet Archive.


Khan Academy and Walt Disney Imagineering have teamed up to provide “Imagineering in a Box”, a free online program that is "designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers & engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers & complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own!: Imagineering in a Box


Learn from the best! Masterclass offers a variety of classes to learn from the likes of celebrities & leaders such as Anna Wintour, Timbaland, Marc Jacobs, Wolfgang Puck, Serena Williams, & many more -- & have major discounts going right now: MasterClass




Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:47:05+00:00
Education and the Arts You’ve gone through every show on Netflix and now you’re ready to give your brain some exercise. With tons of companies and sites offering free online courses, you can learn a new skill or take that class you’ve always dreamed of. Take an online courses from some of the best colleges: Free Online College Courses Ever wanted to pick up coding? Do it for free!: Free Code Camp Learn Adobe! Adobe is supporting educators & students with free at-home access to its Creative Cloud applications online. Adobe’s current global higher education & K-12 institution customers can request at-home access until May 31, 2020. It's also offering free 90-day access to its web conferencing tool, Adobe Connect, for both current subscribers & non-customers until July 1, 2020. Adobe Creative Cloud The Guggenheim Museum just released more than 200 books about modern art. You can read them online or download them in PDF or ePub formats, free of charge at the Internet Archive. Khan Academy and Walt Disney Imagineering have teamed up to provide “Imagineering in a Box”, a free online program that is "designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers & engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers & complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own!: Imagineering in a Box Learn from the best! Masterclass offers a variety of classes to learn from the likes of celebrities & leaders such as Anna Wintour, Timbaland, Marc Jacobs, Wolfgang Puck, Serena Williams, & many more -- & have major discounts going right now: MasterClass

Mental Health/Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness


The Coronavirus pandemic is a mental, emotional and physical challenge for all of us. Luckily, there are resources, even if you can’t leave the house.


Speak with a therapist via chat or phone now (Better Help is offering free or reduced rates during Covid- 19): betterhelp.com


Meditation has been scientifically proven to calm the mind and reduce a variety of symptoms (such as insomnia & blood pressure). Click HERE for a list.


Also, get a full list of useful meditation apps, including some of our personal favorites like Headspace, Calm, & Simple HabitSee the full Meditation App List


Discover how a gratitude journal can effectively shift your perspective and thoughts during times of stress: Keeping a Gratitude Journal During the Quarantine


Talk to a medical doctor without leaving the house:  TelaDoc




Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:42:33+00:00
Mental Health and Wellness The Coronavirus pandemic is a mental, emotional and physical challenge for all of us. Luckily, there are resources, even if you can’t leave the house. Speak with a therapist via chat or phone now (Better Help is offering free or reduced rates during Covid- 19): betterhelp.com Meditation has been scientifically proven to calm the mind and reduce a variety of symptoms (such as insomnia & blood pressure). Click HERE for a list. Also, get a full list of useful meditation apps, including some of our personal favorites like Headspace, Calm, & Simple Habit: See the full Meditation App List Discover how a gratitude journal can effectively shift your perspective and thoughts during times of stress: Keeping a Gratitude Journal During the Quarantine Talk to a medical doctor without leaving the house:  TelaDoc

Socialize

Socialize


We need human contact more now than ever! From quarantine dating apps (yes, it’s a thing!) to watching Netflix with friends from separate houses, here are a few ways to keep the connection going. 


Find games for your next virtual happy hour: Virtual Happy Hour Games


Up your wine knowledge with friends:  Virtual Wine TastingsFor Beginners


Games to play with friends: 22 Social Games to Play Online


Get a group together to #QuarantineandChill (click the link to synchronize video playback & add group chat to your favorite Netflix shows!): Netflix Parties


Find your soulmate with the dating app built for the quarantine: Quarantine Together


Don't forget to check out Google hangouts, House Party, FaceTime & Skype!



Photo: Forbes, UFABIZPHOTO
Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:38:56+00:00
Socialize We need human contact more now than ever! From quarantine dating apps (yes, it’s a thing!) to watching Netflix with friends from separate houses, here are a few ways to keep the connection going.  Find games for your next virtual happy hour: Virtual Happy Hour Games Up your wine knowledge with friends:  Virtual Wine TastingsFor Beginners Games to play with friends: 22 Social Games to Play Online Get a group together to #QuarantineandChill (click the link to synchronize video playback & add group chat to your favorite Netflix shows!): Netflix Parties Find your soulmate with the dating app built for the quarantine: Quarantine Together Don't forget to check out Google hangouts, House Party, FaceTime & Skype! Photo: Forbes, UFABIZPHOTO

Cooking

Cooking


Cooking and baking can be a huge source of comfort during these times. Get ideas, recipes and tips from the best chefs in the world for your next meal at home.


Become the (amateur) chef you've always knew you could be. Check out the following link for some amazing recipes from world famous chefs: Celebrity Chefs Share Recipes During the Quarantine


Check out this guide to cooking during the quarantine: What Foods To Prepare During the Quarantine


 

 
Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:44:47+00:00
Cooking Cooking and baking can be a huge source of comfort during these times. Get ideas, recipes and tips from the best chefs in the world for your next meal at home. Become the (amateur) chef you've always knew you could be. Check out the following link for some amazing recipes from world famous chefs: Celebrity Chefs Share Recipes During the Quarantine Check out this guide to cooking during the quarantine: What Foods To Prepare During the Quarantine    

Home Improvement

Home Improvement


We’re spending more time than we literally ever have before. It’s natural to want to make the most of that so you can feel calmer during the quarantine -- and after. 


Peruse Pinterest for easy DIY organization hacks: DIY Home Organization


Pick an App to help you get Organized: Best Apps for Home Organization


Create a visual inventory of your house with Sortly. After you input your items (by taking photos), you can sort them into category folders by location (like in the jewelry box or in the garage closet). You can also tag certain items for easy search & include purchase & warranty dates for even more detail (useful for moving & selling things!). 


Learn from the queen of organization herself with our FAVE home Inspo podcast: Spark Joy- Marie Kondo's Podcast


 

Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:44:08+00:00
Home Improvement We’re spending more time than we literally ever have before. It’s natural to want to make the most of that so you can feel calmer during the quarantine -- and after.  Peruse Pinterest for easy DIY organization hacks: DIY Home Organization Pick an App to help you get Organized: Best Apps for Home Organization Create a visual inventory of your house with Sortly. After you input your items (by taking photos), you can sort them into category folders by location (like in the jewelry box or in the garage closet). You can also tag certain items for easy search & include purchase & warranty dates for even more detail (useful for moving & selling things!).  Learn from the queen of organization herself with our FAVE home Inspo podcast: Spark Joy- Marie Kondo's Podcast  

Health & Fitness

Fitness & Health


Whether you want to get good endorphins flowing, keep yourself healthy (The World Health Organization advises that we all get regular fitness in everyday!) or avoid gaining the “Corona 20”, we’ve got a host of fitness at home ideas:


Take a Yoga class: Yoga Anytime!


Or learn yoga for the first time, if you’re a beginner: Yoga Poses


Find the virtual workouts that work best for you -- stick to one or try a new one each day: FREE workouts during the Quarantine and Planet Fitness Live- Stream





Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:41:50+00:00
Fitness & Health Whether you want to get good endorphins flowing, keep yourself healthy (The World Health Organization advises that we all get regular fitness in everyday!) or avoid gaining the “Corona 20”, we’ve got a host of fitness at home ideas: Take a Yoga class: Yoga Anytime! Or learn yoga for the first time, if you’re a beginner: Yoga Poses Find the virtual workouts that work best for you -- stick to one or try a new one each day: FREE workouts during the Quarantine and Planet Fitness Live- Stream

Live-Stream

Live- Streaming


...is the next best thing besides hanging with your friends in person! If you’re looking to make your live-streaming experience available for free, below are the best options:


-Zoom


-Instagram Live


-Facebook Live (it's usually free, but they now have a Donations button in case artists want to raise funds for a charity during a stream).


-LinkedIn Live


-Google Hangouts


Bel Air Internet
2020-03-28T00:16:02+00:00
Live- Streaming ...is the next best thing besides hanging with your friends in person! If you’re looking to make your live-streaming experience available for free, below are the best options: -Zoom -Instagram Live -Facebook Live (it's usually free, but they now have a Donations button in case artists want to raise funds for a charity during a stream). -LinkedIn Live -Google Hangouts

Books/Audiobooks/Podcasts

Books, Audio Books and Podcasts


For those of us who feel like we never have time to curl up with a good book, the quarantine gives you a chance to catch up.  Or, take advantage of the free audio books out there right now while you take a walk or relax in bed.


Find all the free audiobooks out there: Download Free Audiobooks


 Support your local library where you can visit & borrow online: Local Library Access


For Amazon Prime members, access thousands of free books through Prime Reading. (Or check out Kindle Unlimited or Prime Book Box for children!)


Send e-books to your friends: Kindle Share

Bel Air Internet
2020-03-26T00:39:47+00:00
Books, Audio Books and Podcasts For those of us who feel like we never have time to curl up with a good book, the quarantine gives you a chance to catch up.  Or, take advantage of the free audio books out there right now while you take a walk or relax in bed. Find all the free audiobooks out there: Download Free Audiobooks  Support your local library where you can visit & borrow online: Local Library Access For Amazon Prime members, access thousands of free books through Prime Reading. (Or check out Kindle Unlimited or Prime Book Box for children!) Send e-books to your friends: Kindle Share
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Bel Air Internet
BAI Live powers Santa House at the Grove. Image courtesy of The Grove LA

Even Elves Need Wi-Fi: BAI Live delivers Pop Up Internet to Santa at The Grove and Americana

The weather has dipped below seventy and a flurry of (fake) snow swirls through nightly, so it can only mean one thing…Christmas has arrived at The Grove and The Americana at Brand, the two most festive spots to celebrate the holiday season in Los Angeles. 

At BAI Live we’re giving these two holiday hotspots an Wi-Fi boost for the third year in a row, supplying Santa’s Workshop at both venues with our Pop Up Internet. With hundreds of families waiting to visit and snap pics with Santa daily, our Internet ensures everyone’s transactions and photos get transferred in a jiffy, making it the most tech-savvy Santa outpost this side of the North Pole.

(Of course, being that it’s L.A., even celebrities are popping by – Kate Beckinsale, Camila Cabello and Lady Gaga have all dropped by the Grove in the past few weeks to enjoy the holiday spectacle.)

We’ll be there through Christmas to ensure those on both the naughty and nice list still get good Internet and holiday cheer!

Los Angeles School Children Get a Broadband Boost From Bel Air Internet

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2017 — Hundreds of South Los Angeles children will now have access to high-speed Internet for homework and educational purposes thanks to a new partnership between Bel Air Internet, a Southern California-based Internet provider, and the Newton LAPD Community Youth Activities League (C.Y.A.L) program, just the first step in Bel Air Internet’s larger goal in bridging the digital divide for children throughout underserved parts of Los Angeles.

The LAPD C.Y.A.L. Program provides safe, supervised after-school educational and recreational activities for children in their neighborhoods. Bel Air Internet has donated much-needed high-speed Internet for the Newton Division C.Y.A.L. program’s two community centers, both of which service hundreds of children after school each week.

While the C.Y.A.L. center at the Newton police station had 40 working laptops, there was only enough broadband for two of them to access the Internet at a time. With the new high-speed Internet service donated by Bel Air Internet both there and at the Alba Recreational Center, students at these C.Y.A.L centers can now more effectively use the Internet to complete assignments and perform research projects, as well as to utilize educational software to learn vital reading and math skills. Adults in the community will also have the opportunity to use the Internet to complete ESL coursework and learn valuable tech skills.

“Finally, we get this here,” said C.Y.A.L. Program Coordinator Gerardo Gomez. “It gives the kids an opportunity to work on their homework…Most of the kids here cannot afford Internet at home.”

The partnership came together with the assistance of Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., who was aware of the need for broadband in his community. When he met with Terry Koosed, the CEO of Bel Air Internet, who was actively looking for ways to help bridge the “digital divide” among underserved children throughout the city, Councilman Price immediately pointed them to the Newton Division C.Y.A.L. program in his district.

Christopher Zuniga, a young C.Y.A.L. participant, was excited at the prospect of being able to use the Internet to research items for his homework. “I don’t own a computer and I would always have to ask my neighbor to let me borrow his computer. Now I don’t have to.”

Koosed points to the C.Y.A.L. program partnership as a promising first step in his larger goal of bridging the digital divide among the youth of Los Angeles. “Unfortunately, the large Telco’s have all decided it’s not worth it to bring high-speed Internet into certain neighborhoods. By donating high-speed Internet to these centers, we’re hoping to do our part to even the playing field and create a more successful future for these kids. Who knows what genius mind is out there just waiting to be given a fantastic educational opportunity?”

Bel Air Internet is in the process of donating high-speed Internet to several more community centers in need, with a goal of lighting up Internet for 5000 underserved Los Angeles children by the end of year.

Yahoo! Finance

Bel Air Internet talks “Pop Up Internet” with LABJ

TECHNOLOGY: Workforce numbers stayed relatively flat despite M&A activity

By NATALIE HOBERMAN, Staff Reporter
Los Angeles Business Journal

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2017 — The total workforce of the 25 largest telecommunications employers in Los Angeles County was virtually unchanged this year at 26,423 employees, despite a stir in the industry prompted by several mergers and acquisitions.

Norwalk, Conn.-based Frontier Communications Corp. entered the Business Journal’s list of largest telecommunications companies based on local employment at No. 4, pushing Verizon Communications Inc. down to No. 5.

That was due primarily to Frontier’s $10.5 billion acquisition of Basking Ridge, N.J-based Verizon’s wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida in April of last year, which shifted 2,000 local Verizon employees to Frontier, according to the two companies.

The company’s acquisition deal is one of several telecom mergers and acquisitions that have shaken up the industry.

There were 715 U.S. media and telecommunications deals in 2016, valued together at $125.4 billion, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

There have been 487 deals so far this year, and the No. 1 company on the Business Journal’s list could be next.
AT&T Inc. – which topped the rankings with 11,500 employees at its downtown office, the same number reported last year – plans to buy Time Warner Inc. in a deal worth $85.4 billion. The Dallas-based telecom giant also acquired DirecTV in July of last year in a transaction valued at $48.5 billion.

“Los Angeles is becoming a key focal point on many fronts, and that is why I believe the overall industry is growing despite the fact that the core is consolidating,” said Jerry Power, executive director of USC’s Institute for Communications Technology Management.

The combined number of local workers at the listed companies decreased by roughly 300 employees to 26,423 as of mid-July, a slight decrease from the 26,744 reported last year.

Rounding out the top five on the list are Stamford, Conn.’s Charter Communications Inc. at No. 2 and Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile USA at No. 3.

The consolidation of the major players in the industry hasn’t deterred smaller companies from making their presence known, however.
PwC Partner Todson Page said smaller companies can take a few avenues to keep up.

“Some will end up focusing on a niche consumer base or specific regional areas,” Page said. “Others will focus on creating unique and enriching user experiences faster than the telco giants, using their agility to respond more quickly to changes in consumer behaviors.”

Although Sherman Oaks-based Bel Air Internet took the No. 18 on this year’s list with 75 employees, the family-owned business has been experimenting with a new meaning of the word “wireless” since 2011. The company offers streaming and “pop-up internet” capabilities for live events including the Golden Globes and Netflix movie screenings in addition to its traditional carrier services.

This new approach has benefitted Bel Air in more ways than one.

“It allows us to do a lot of great public relations for the company because if companies trust us to do the Academy Awards, then doing their internet should be fairly mundane for us,” said Chief Executive Terry Koosed.

No. 17’s FreedomPop is another local carrier trying to disrupt the giants.The West L.A. startup offers free wireless services to its customers up to a certain point, then charges for additional usage. Most recently, the company announced it would launch a prepaid family plan and free family wireless bundle.

“FreedomPop has proven that new Internet business models work in the telecom space and has developed the technology to scale it globally,” Chief Executive Steven Sesar said in a statement.The company has 94 employees in its single office in Sawtelle.

CSI Electrical Contractors Inc., headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, added the most jobs out of all the companies over the past year other than Frontier. The electrical contractor, which offers wireless services to businesses, grew by 480 employees to 850, propelling it up three spaces from last year to the No. 7 spot.Ricky Huizar, CSI’s technology solutions manager, said the company’s growth is largely attributable to the firm’s solar and electrical segment.

In an otherwise stable industry list, there were a few notable changes.

Downtown-based TPx Communications, formerly known as TelePacific Communications, dropped three notches to No. 10, despite acquiring northeastern service provider DSCI in March 2016.

Ixia, which ranked No. 12 on last year’s list, was nowhere to be found this year as it was recently bought out by Santa Rosa-based Keysight Technologies for $1.6 billion.

Hawthorne’s CCS Presentation Systems Inc. made an appearance under its new name, LightWerks Communication Systems, at No. 22.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Bel Air Internet Donates Internet to Hustle N’ Code Hackathon for South L.A. Kids

300+ Students Learn Computer Science and Solve Community Issues with Tech

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6, 2016 — Bel Air Internet, a California-based communications provider donated their Pop Up Temporary Internet service to the Hustle N’ Code Hackathon at the South Park Recreation Center on Saturday, December 3.

Hosted annually by Teens Exploring Technology (TXT), the day-long Hackathon provides low-income students with critical exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Hundreds of students from low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles attended the event to learn how to code and build apps that address community problems–such as homelessness and hunger–with the help of Bel Air Internet volunteers and other tech industry designers and programmers.

“The Hustle N’ Code Hackathon would not be possible without high speed Internet. With their generous donation, Bel Air Internet is helping to make both our Hackathon and our students’ dreams a reality,” said TXT Founder and CEO Oscar Menjivar.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the event, kicking it off with a speech to the participating children, in which he offered them future internships and jobs within the city government and with participating companies. In addition to Bel Air Internet, companies such as Google and Snapchat served as sponsors for the event.

“We are honored to once again support innovation and STEM education in South Los Angeles,” said Bel Air Internet President Terry Koosed. “We loved watching what the young innovators and entrepreneurs at Hustle N’ Code created during the Hackathon and can’t wait to see where these skills take them into the future.”

About TXT: Teens Exploring Technology

TXT: Teens Exploring Technology encourages students of color to become catalysts of change in low-income communities. TXT uses technology to promote positive youth development, build confidence, develop leadership skills, encourage entrepreneurship and ultimately, pave the way to higher education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). They are the premier technology organization developing teens from South Los Angeles, Watts, and Compton into a new generation of innovators and technology leaders.

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