Monthly Archives: January 2017

Broadband Day Features ConnectME Funded Broadband Projects in Maine

Shenna Bellows and Norm Higgins at Broadband Day

On Thursday, January 19th, several of Maine’s broadband providers and legislators gathered in the Hall of Flags in Augusta for Broadband Day.  The Connect ME Authority hosts Broadband Day annually to highlight broadband expansion in Maine’s un-served areas. This year, providers showcased broadband projects in Maine completed in the past year with ConnectME matching grants. Showing bipartisan support for broadband were Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester and Republican Norm Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Both highlighted the importance of broadband… Read more »

Under-Promise and Over-Deliver: Getting the “Up To” out of Broadband

No up to in broadband

In my first college course in marketing, we talked extensively about the catchphrase: “under-promise and over-deliver.” Setting correct expectations with consumers is vital to happy customers, positive reviews and word-of-mouth sales.  As a result, I’ve always known the telecom industry’s tendency to advertise broadband speeds at the upper limit of what’s available creates problems.  Rather than setting ourselves up to succeed, when sell up to broadband, we set ourselves up to fail. The result is… Read more »

Broadband and Economic Development: Important, But There’s So Much More

The Philosophy of Broadband and Economic Development We continually hear about the importance of broadband and economic development in Maine and just about everywhere else.  From the OTELCO perspective, reliable broadband is the key, but as important as connectivity is, other factors come into play. In New Gloucester, Maine, where the OTELCO corporate offices are located, the Gray – New Gloucester Development Corporation is helping the economic development cause in its own way.  OTELCO has… Read more »