OTELCO Fixed Wireless Internet

A Visit to Mid Missouri Recently I took a trip to our OTELCO offices in Pilot Grove and Sedalia, Missouri. In our Pilot Grove area, we operate much the same as our locations in Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and West Virginia, in Sedalia we add fixed wireless Internet access to our product portfolio. I had the opportunity to spend most of my time there with our Director of Wireless Operations, Rick Lashley. Rick’s tenure with… Read more »

Managing Business Technology

OTELCO reliable Cloud and Managed Services OTELCO reliable C&MS is a new branch of the OTELCO family tree that includes the former Reliable Networks. Reliable Networks is a Maine based company that specializes in IT and cloud services. They have been a part of the OTELCO family since 2014 but, like many of our extended family, have just recently taken on the OTELCO name. OTELCO reliable C&MS is run by the same team of experienced IT… Read more »

OTELCO Fiber Infrastructure
Where, when, why, and how.

Optical fibers.

Because we feel it’s futureproof, OTELCO will be deploying fiber for any new infrastructure projects and, when necessary, will be replacing copper technology fiber infrastructure. With service footprints in 6 rural states, fiber deployment can be a challenge. As much as we’d like to build fiber to every location in every state, it’s just not feasible from a business perspective. Consider the following: What does a project cost? How many locations can be served? How… Read more »

Community Broadband Initiatives are Taking Root Around the Country

Community Broadband FIber Internet Construction

In Maine alone, dozens of towns, counties, and economic development entities are working in regional groups to plan for community broadband deployment. In many cases, the public private partnerships formed by these regional groups open the door to additional funding and resources. Individual communities across the US, including no less than 7 in Maine, have decided to invest their own resources to construct community broadband networks. Although no two implementation models are identical, many employ… Read more »

Broadband Infrastructure
How Can We Make It Happen?

Broadband Infrastructure

Last week we talked about broadband as infrastructure, now we’ll look at how one might facilitate broadband infrastructure. Around the US, States and Municipalities are trying to take broadband infrastructure matters into their own hands. Alabama and others are looking at tax incentives for providers to construct infrastructure to the least served areas. Other states like Maine offer matching grants for qualifying broadband infrastructure projects.  Several states, including Massachusetts, have used federal matching funds to… Read more »