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HOT SPOT: Mobile Beacon staffers, from left, Rick Lindholm, sales manager; Cristina Graham, program director; and Katherine Messier, founder and executive director, speak with Kate Aubin at the Providence Public Library about the broadband-service provider’s 4G mobile hotspot devices, which people can check out from the library – the first and now largest such program in the country.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT ­WHITELEY

Passionate entrepreneur driven to assist nonprofits

Honoree | Katherine Messier, Mobile BeaconA Rhode Island innovation story may not get more homegrown than Katherine Messier’s. But the impact of her...
HOT SPOT: Mobile Beacon staffers, from left, Rick Lindholm, sales manager; Cristina Graham, program director; and Katherine Messier, founder and executive director, speak with Kate Aubin at the Providence Public Library about the broadband-service provider’s 4G mobile hotspot devices, which people can check out from the library – the first and now largest such program in the country.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT ­WHITELEY

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...
MOBILE HOTSPOTS: Muna Idriss, director of systems at Capital Good Fund, talks with CEO Andy ­Posner. For the past seven years, the nonprofit has purchased internet hotspots for traveling employees from Mobile Beacon.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

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...

Through Mobile Beacon, Katherine Messier and the nonprofit’s staff have provided mobile internet access to hundreds of nonprofits and to tens of thousands of underserved individuals, a mission that has turned out to be much more far-reaching than she imagined in 2010 when it was founded. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A tightly focused mission can produce much broader effects

Katherine Messier | Mobile Beacon founder and executive ­directorSeven years ago, I founded Mobile Beacon to help nonprofit organizations maximize their impact with the...
A SIMPLE SOLUTION: Mobile Beacon staffers, from right, Lauren Yergeau, Cristina Graham and Rick Lindholm talk with Kate Aubin at the Providence Public Library about helping library patrons gain internet access through mobile devices the nonprofit supplies. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Mobile Beacon technology empowers nonprofits, those in poverty

INNOVATIVE COMPANIES | NONPROFITSince its founding by Executive Director Katherine Messier in 2010, nonprofit Mobile Beacon has extended low-cost, high-speed mobile, internet-access service to...
MOBILE BEACON, a Johnston-based company that provides high-speed mobile internet access at a low cost to community organizations, has opened applications for its 2017 Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion Grant. / COURTESY MOBILE BEACON

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...
CRISTINA GRAHAM, left, and Angelo Miccoli have both joined Mobile Beacon from previous jobs overseeing operations for nonprofit organizations. Graham will serve as Mobile Beacon's program director, while Miccoli has been appointed director of operations and administration. / COURTESY MOBILE BEACON

New hires bring nonprofit savvy to Mobile Beacon

JOHNSTON – Mobile Beacon, a wireless-service provider that provides discounted internet access for schools and nonprofits, has appointed two new directors with a combined...
THE PROP: Katherine Messier is connected through her work as a provider of mobile internet access and through friends and family, including her two children, Dylan and Leah, pictured on the mobile device.

Katherine Messier, 35 Executive director — Mobile Beacon

Where do you see yourself professionally in 20 years? I hope to be managing Mobile Beacon’s parent. I’d like to still oversee Mobile Beacon, but...
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