Monthly Archives: August 2019

Maine Broadband Bond Failure:
What now?

Monday morning OTELCO took a road trip to the Statehouse to observe the legislature as it considered a general obligation bond that would, among other things, have freed up substantial funding for broadband expansion. Unfortunately, the bond did not get the two-thirds majority vote in needed in the house or the senate. If it had, voters would have been able to vote on it in the November Election. Instead, lawmakers decided to table the bond;… Read more »

How Individual Citizens Can Start a Municipal Broadband Conversation in their Community

At OTELCO, we know how frustrating sub-par broadband can be. Many of our employees live in rural areas, with slow speeds and unreliable connections. As everyday citizens, we understand how frustrating it can be to wait on your community or local provider to provide better Internet, which is why this week we want to give some information about what individual citizens can do to help facilitate municipal broadband in their community. Signup for a Free… Read more »

Enriching Lives and Thriving Communities Through Municipal Broadband

The Valuable Role of Municipal Broadband in Helping our Households and Businesses Prosper At this year’s MTCMA New England Management Institute OTELCO was part of a panel presentation on the role municipal broadband has to play in rural development. Tracy Scheckel, OTELCO’s marketing, and PR manager spoke, along with Casco Bay Advisors’ Brian Lippold and Charlie Woodworth, who is the executive director at Greater Franklin County. Here is a peek at just some of the… Read more »

OTELCO Summer Streaming Series Step Three: Where to Watch Live

The final installment of OTELCO’s Summer Streaming Series is all about streaming live TV. Live TV services provide the easy access offered by on-demand services with the look and feel of classic cable and satellite TV. This relatively new service is taking off, and there are some excellent services out there. To make things easier, OTELCO narrowed things down to the top five live platforms, with some honorable mentions at the end. We have a… Read more »

OTELCO’s Summer Streaming Series Step Three: Deciding Where to Watch

Part One: On-Demand Services There are so many streaming platforms, and even more in development. That is why we had to split step three of the OTELCO Streaming Series into two parts. Part one, which we will explore today, is all about on-demand streaming services and part two is dedicated solely to live streaming services. On-demand services offer a host of content, both original and licensed, that you can access at any time. They all… Read more »