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Creating a Broadband Policy without Doughnut Holes

People are working to get broadband access to rural areas in companies like OTELCO and at town halls, state houses and Federal agencies across the country.  The latter two groups are focused on two different vehicles for promoting broadband.  First, they set policies to promote broadband expansion and the construction of new networks.  Second, they distribute state and Federal monies in the form of grants to subsidize construction of networks where there isn’t necessarily a… Read more »

Fiber Technology: Is it the best broadband solution?
We think so!

Fiber Technology, the right choice for OTELCO Currently, the FCC defines ‘unserved’ as not having access to fixed broadband Internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.  Admittedly, those speeds can be achieved with traditional copper / DSL technology, but is it the most efficient from a Life Cycle Cost  basis? Not by a long shot when you compare it to fiber technology. Recently, OTELCO CEO, Rob Souza responded to a… Read more »

Is Broadband Really “The New Dial-Tone?”

No question about it, broadband is infrastructure, and it gets compared to other types of vital infrastructure all the time in the course of the ongoing discussion about improving broadband speeds and coverage, including highways, plumbing and public water, electricity, and even telephone service. This phenomenon was in full force last week when Maine got it’s first-ever (we think) visit from a sitting FCC Commissioner, newly re-appointed democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, who joined United States Senator… Read more »