Posts Categorized: Broadband

Finding Your Local Virtual-Library:
What Every Book Lover Should Know

Cuddled up with an ebook

February is Book Lovers’ Month, and there’s no better time to curl up with a hot drink, your favorite blankie, and a good read from a virtual-library. Whether you’re practicing social distancing, or you simply prefer listening or reading books electronically, taking advantage of your library’s access to downloadable e-books and audiobooks is for you!  Unlike Amazon, Audible, iTunes, etc. downloading from your virtual-library is free. If you’re new to downloading books, here are a… Read more »

Gigabit Internet:
What is it? Do I need it?

Some of you may be familiar with the term Broadband or Bandwidth Envy; it’s simply anxiety caused by not having the fastest Internet speed available.  (It’s like the feeling you get when you realize that Apple has released a newer iPhone than the one you just bought.) Anyway, the current buzz in Internet speed is Gigabit Internet service.  Gigabit Internet service transmits data up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) — or 1,000 megabits per… Read more »

Evolution: Digital – Our Top Five Episodes for International Podcast Day

Looking to catch up on season one of Evolution: Digital? Now is the perfect chance! Wednesday was National Podcast day, and in honor of the holiday, we are looking back at Evolution: Digital’s five most popular episodes from season one. Robbie McAlpine of Alpine Advertising In episode five, Evolution: Digital host Tracy Scheckel interviewed Robbie McAlpine of Alpine Advertising and WCRL radio. In the episode, Robbie took Tracy through the evolution of his career and… Read more »

Why Internet Explorer is a Security Risk and How to Replace It with a New Browser

A graphic that represents the insecurity of Internet Explorer

In 2016, Microsoft stopped supporting most versions of Internet Explorer.  Since then, they have stopped pushing updates and patch deployments. In last week’s blog, How to Clear Your Browser Cache and Data, OTELCO touched on this fact and encouraged our readers to stop using the aged browser. This week, we will discuss why and how you should switch from Internet Explorer to a new browser. Why you should stop using Internet Explorer Continuing to use… Read more »

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 »