Facebook Responds to Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Two weeks ago we wrote a post about what you really sign up for when you join Facebook. We created that post as response to the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, where 87 million Americans had their information harvested by voter profiling company, Cambridge Analytica. The information was taken by a third party app, created by researcher Aleksandr Kogan, and used in connection to President’s Trumps 2016 presidential campaign. Now we… Read more »

Re-defining Broadband in Maine
What’s your opinion?

If you’re reading this post, you are an Internet consumer, or you may be an entrepreneur who depends on the internet to conduct business; whatever your broadband needs are, your opinion about Internet speed may help shape the future of broadband in Maine. What Defines Broadband? When cable companies began to provide Internet access to consumers, the service was faster than traditional DSL and dial-up, and the industry coined the term to mean high-speed Internet… Read more »

Facebook, Your Information, and User Agreements

Facebook has certainly had its share of press lately. People seem shocked that the social media platform might be sharing their personal information. Jim Fossel in the Portland Press Herald comments; We Users are not the Customers, but the Products.  Hmmm, where have we heard that before? Even if you don’t use Facebook, according to this letter to the editor, you could still be affected. You’ve heard that Facebook states that users give permission for… Read more »

Community Broadband Sticker Shock? Try a Different Approach

Community Broadband Sticker Shock recently hit Cambridge City Hall.

Recently, I worked with a City Councilor in Cambridge, Massachusetts to try and help the Council overcome a severe case of community broadband sticker shock.  It seems that the town had hired a consultant who had submitted a $200 million estimate for a city-wide fiber to the home network without first understanding what the City’s appetite would be for such expenditure – or, indeed, if the network being proposed was really necessary to achieve the… Read more »

250 Years for Sanford – Springvale Chamber
One More Vote for Net Neutrality

# one more vote

On March 9th, OTELCO had the honor to help the Sanford Springvale Chamber of Commerce celebrate its 250th birthday by sponsoring a luncheon with Maine Senator Angus King at the Town Club in Sanford. Senator King is a huge supporter of the deployment of high speed Internet – particularly in rural communities. As you might guess, OTELCO shares that vision, and several of us attended the event to hear what the Senator had to say…. Read more »