Posts Categorized: Alabama

State Broadband Legislation, Funding, and Policy Making in 2020

Last week, OTELCO explored broadband legislation, funding, and policymaking on the federal level. This week, we are diving into broadband legislation and funding happening on the state level, with a look at the grants OTELCO has applied for in 2020. Alabama In 2018 Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act to strengthen connectivity in rural Alabama.  Through this act, the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund was formed. This fund provides support to rural broadband… Read more »

OTELCO’s Arab Marketing Blitz

Written by OTELCO Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Tracy Scheckel As everyone knows, OTELCO serves communities in multiple states – including Alabama, where we’re almost done building Fiber to the Premise to 4,100 locations.  I thought it would be a good time to make an extended trip to our Arab, AL office to do what I call a “marketing blitz.”  Being smarty pants, I picked what are typically the four coldest weeks in Maine (mid-January… Read more »

Expanding OTELCO Lightwave in Arab: An Educational Video

OTELCO created this educational video for the Arab community to explain the superior speeds of Lightwave fiber and to provide an update on the success of the Arab build. You can view the video below or read on for a summary of the information. Click Here to See if You Are Eligible for OTELCO Lightwave Fiber Internet What Sets Lightwave Fiber Apart from DSL Building a Lightwave Network in Arab OTELCO’s Lightwave build in Arab… Read more »

Fiber by the Numbers 2019: A Look Back at OTELCO’s Yearly Progress

At the end of every year, OTELCO looks back at the different Fiber builds we worked on and reviews what will come next. This year, we are changing things up a little bit. 2019 was about more than just fiber for OTELCO. We took a step back and reevaluated the most efficient way to better serve all our customers. Fiber is still a priority, but we also decided to update existing infrastructure to provide faster… Read more »

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Negotiations with Cable TV Channels

Written By OTELCO Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service, Trevor Jones Small Cable TV providers fight an annual battle on behalf of our customers against network owners and content providers over the cost of television content, and especially over the price we pay to deliver local channels as part of our cable service. I say we fight this battle on your behalf because small companies like OTELCO generally do not make a profit… Read more »