5 Ways a 10 Gig Ring Helps the Northern and Eastern Maine Economy

Three Ring Binder Northern Ring

Last week, we announced that OTELCO had lit a 10 gig ring throughout the northern and easternmost sections of the Three Ring Binder’s network. The new network utilizes the northern ring of the Three Ring Binder, connecting 77 communities in Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscatiquis and Washington counties, and brings a significant amount of additional capacity to some of the State’s most rural areas. What does it all mean for residents in these areas?  Unfortunately, it… Read more »

Today’s Home Automation Technology Gives Hooch a Rest

Home Automation Technology and Security – For the Dogs? For centuries, home security has gone to the dogs – literally! If an intruder came close, Hooch’s bark would alert anyone in the house and the immediate neighbors and, hopefully, intimidate the intruder into retreat. The proverbial guard dog security system was relatively inexpensive – pet food, an occasional trip to the vet – but not always totally reliable. If no one was around to hear… Read more »

Myth Busted: Private Firms Do Invest in Rural Fiber Networks

The fall foliage surrounds a quaint New England village in an aerial photogrph

    Rural fiber networks are a hot topic in the political scene at the local, state and federal level.  Those interested in economic development, aging in place and education are particularly avid supporters of deploying fiber networks for high-speed Internet access, because of the immense value Internet networks have in these areas.  These motivations have led some municipalities to take matters into their own hands and invest in building fiber networks of their own…. Read more »

A Fresh Look at Public-Private Partnership in Broadband

Business people shaking hands in the office after succesful meeting. Three persons

Lately, the phrase “public-private partnership” has been thrown around a lot in the context of improving and expanding broadband Internet access in Maine.  For many of the broadband projects that have used that terminology, the meaning of public-private partnership has been that the private entity provided the expertise and the public entity, such as a municipality, has provided the majority of the capital. The presumption is that private companies are unwilling or unable to invest in… Read more »

Digital Literacy: Who’s Responsible?

Digital Literacy: Who is responsible for sharing all the advantages of broadband?

Before we answer the Digital Literacy question, lets take a little refresher course in Economics, remember widgets? Economics 101 taught us that if you develop a widget, in order to profit from it, you need a market in which to sell it. Therefore, if your widget is a hat that keeps your entire body warm with some edgy thermal-technology, you target your market and sell your product in really cold places where buyers should be… Read more »