Monthly Archives: February 2018

How smart is your home? 3 ways home automation helps your family

A “Smart Home” may sound like a thing of the future, but with today’s home automation technology and a high-speed Internet connection, you can be well on your way turning your house into your very own Smart Home. What exactly does that mean? A Smart Home is one that utilizes the Internet of Things (i.e. all of the devices in your home that are connected to the Internet with the ability to communicate with each… Read more »

FTTP: Are your devices affecting your Internet speed?

Most rural providers have extensive DSL infrastructure and are gradually building FTTP infrastructure as finances permit; OTELCO is among them. As we continually expand our FTTP service areas, we want to share some information to help our subscribers who are in those areas to make the most of their service. DSL vs FTTP DSL and Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) are 2 mechanisms for the delivery of Internet access. DSL uses copper telephone lines to… Read more »

Employee Engagement:
Bring Any Team Together With Technology

Top view of creative business team sitting at the table at loft office and working. Woman manager brings the document to mixed race group of people. Colleagues discussing the project.

What is Employee Engagement? Employee Engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organization to give their best each day, be committed to their organization’s goals and values, and be motivated to contribute to organizational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being. Why is it important? High employee engagement leads to higher productivity; staff stays with the company longer, represents the company better, and provides better… Read more »

Should Congress Act on Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation?

City-wide broadband infrastructure US map

This week Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) signed on to cosponsor H.R 4814, a bill that would prohibit states from passing laws impeding the construction of municipal broadband networks (anti-municipal broadband laws). Such laws currently exist in 20 states, and can make it significantly harder, if not impossible, for local governments to make direct investments in broadband infrastructure. Access to the Internet is the most significant economic enabler of our time. Broadband access enhances access to… Read more »