Posts Categorized: Broadband Policy

Universal Internet Access for Maine – The Future Just Got Brighter for Maine Broadband

Author’s Note:  I am pleased to serve on the Maine Broadband Coalition (MBC) Advisory Committee.  After  Maine voters’ overwhelming passage of a $15,000,000 broadband infrastructure bond, I volunteered to compose a blog for MBC, and decided to share it here. — Tracy Scheckel As the world is in the throes of a historic, albeit tragic COVID-19 pandemic, more than 76% of voters in Maine came together to create some history of their own and approved… Read more »

The Most Read OTELCO Blog Posts of 2020 So Far

Can you believe 2020 is halfway done? The OTELCO Blog has covered a lot in the last six months, from answering your COVID questions to announcing our DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade. Here is a roundup of our most popular blogs to date. 5. Evolution: Digital – A New Podcast from OTELCO In 2020 OTELCO started a podcast called Evolution: Digital. Evolution: Digital explores how different industries have adapted to compete in today’s digital marketplace. It puts… Read more »

OTELCO in the News: Pandemic Emphasizes the Importance of High-Speed Internet Access

April was a busy month for OTELCO in many ways, not the least of which was attention from the media as the pandemic and associated shelter in place orders highlighted the importance of rural broadband expansion.  Here’s a round-up of some of the conversations we were involved in. OTELCO Sees COVID Related Internet Usage Surge in Rural Alabama This week, OTELCO Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service, Trevor Jones, spoke to Business Alabama… Read more »

Evolution: Digital – A New Podcast from OTELCO

For the past several weeks, we have been working on a new project that we’re excited to bring to you. We’re pleased to present Evolution: Digital, a podcast from OTELCO. What is Digital Evolution? In our industry, we think a lot about how technology has changed the way we work over the years. Probably because, as an Internet provider, we have a front-row seat on the changing bandwidth needs of businesses that are going through… Read more »

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 »