Posts Categorized: Broadband

How the Internet has Changed the Way We Learn: The Many Benefits of eLearning

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The Internet has opened doors across industries to new ways of doing things, and one area that has been greatly changed by advancements in Internet accessibility is the way in which we learn. With digital learning, students of all ages are benefiting from opportunities to learn in new ways. Education isn’t restricted to a specific time or location, and adaptive software has the ability to let students learn at a pace that fits their needs…. Read more »

National Broadband Legislation, Funding, and Policy Making in 2020

Broadband legislation and funding have taken off in the last few years, on both the state and federal levels. Over the next two weeks, OTELCO will highlight some of the critical efforts our leaders have been making, starting with a look at the broadband efforts Congress, the FCC, and the USDA have in the works for 2020. Congress There are four pieces of broadband legislation in Congress right now. You can click on the name… Read more »

How to Get the Most Out of Your Internet Connection

It is frustrating to feel like you aren’t getting the most out of your Internet connection. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can assess and even boost your connection to meet your needs. Run a Speed Test Start by running a speed test from your computer. When you do this, plug into your router directly. That is how you get the most accurate reading, as other devices could skew your results. If your reading… Read more »

Keep Your Home Network Secure with Six Easy Steps

There is a common misconception that we don’t need to worry about securing our home-networks from cyber threats because cybercriminals only care about stealing data from big companies. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. According to The Department of Homeland Security, “if a network connects to the internet, it is inherently more vulnerable and susceptible to outside threats.” Clearly, we need to protect all our networks, be they home or business. Keeping your home… 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 »