Big Things Are Happening in Rural Broadband Expansion

Chairman Ajit Pai visiting OTELCO's Maine office to discuss rural broadband expansion.

Just last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai traveled to Maine to discuss his passion for rural broadband expansion, and his goal of “closing the digital divide.” During his visit, the Chairman stopped by OTELCO’s New Gloucester, Maine office to discuss the company’s role in the development of rural connectivity. Last week also marked the unveiling of the USDA’s new broadband webpage. The new website includes lots of broadband resources, including information on funding and opportunities… Read more »

Busy Building Broadband

While We Were Away… We apologize to our blog readers for missing the last few weeks, but OTELCO has just been so busy building out fiber that there was no time to write. Here is a little peek into the rural broadband builds OTELCO has been up to this summer, what we have up our sleeve for the fall, and some interesting information from the USDA that we think will pique your interest. Fiber Buildouts … Read more »

How a DSL Inquiry Became Fiber to the Premise for a Local Business and Maybe More

Fiber to the premise PCNU

Technology. Tradition. Together. You just might have heard these words before if you have anything to do with OTELCO. Technology is obvious; we’re a communication company. The fact that we’ve been serving rural communities for more than a century, speaks to Tradition. This story is a fabulous example of where Together comes in. Granby, Massachusetts is a small town in the western part of the state. The Granby Telephone and Telegraph Company, now part of… Read more »

Bringing Broadband to Every Community in Maine:
How Providers, Municipalities, and Other Organizations Can Work Together on Broadband Expansion in Maine

Last week OTELCO’s marketing team made their way to Newry, ME, for the 73rd annual New England Management Institute. The institute is a four day conference for Maine town managers, put on by the Maine Town City and County and Managers Association. While there, Tracy Scheckel, OTELCO’s marketing manager, and Heather Johnson, the director of the ConnectME Authority, gave a presentation on broadband expansion in Maine. Their address covered everything municipality leaders need to know… Read more »

Should you outsource your IT to a Managed Services Provider, or keep it in house?

Many businesses, often those that are experiencing growth, find themselves at a turning point where they must decide whether to hire a full-time IT professional, expand their department, or turn to outside professionals for Managed Services. In our previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the pros and cons of the IT break-fix model. Today, we’re talking through the benefits and disadvantages of keeping your IT in-house vs. outsourcing to an MSP (Managed Service Provider). Understanding Managed… Read more »