Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Best of 2017 and Our Hi-Speed Broadband Resolution for 2018

Happy New Year from OTELCO

As 2017  closes, we look back at our most popular posts.  Since they were so popular, we thought you might like to take a look.  You may observe a theme here too! Our #1 most read blog, Fiber to the Home Season Heats Up at OTELCO, shared information about a few of our current Fiber to the Premise projects. Next was Getting DSL to 40Mbps and Faster While We Build an All-Fiber Network, that explained… Read more »

Do You Have the Bandwidth for Your Smart Devices?

Now that we’ve given you some tips on how to secure the IoT smart devices that you may give or receive during the holiday season, let’s make sure you have the Internet bandwidth you need to keep them operating at their best. Every device in your home that is powered on and connected to your network uses bandwidth – even when idle. This is an approximation of what the various devices and activities use at… Read more »

One Net Neutrality Battle is Lost, but the War Continues

Washington DC Capitol dome detail with waving american flag

Today, the FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to roll back the 2015 net neutrality regulations put in place by the prior FCC. It was a disappointing, but not an unexpected outcome from our point of view.   On the one hand, we have always believed that Internet access meets the definition of a common carrier service and should, therefore, be regulated in a similar fashion to common carrier services. We also agreed with the… Read more »

IoT Gifts Tips: What you need to know before you give a Smart Device as a Gift

Whether you’re giving or receiving, you need to see this. So-called smart speakers and activity trackers have become extremely accessible as this year’s holiday shopping season got off to a tremendous start between Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Thanks to the crazy sales, Internet of Things, or IoT gifts like the Google Mini could be purchased for as little as $10, and activity trackers like Fitbit were offered for as little as… Read more »