Posts Categorized: Broadband

Furthering the Discussion on Broadband in Maine

This week was particularly busy for OTELCO where community broadband in Maine is concerned. We had back to back engagements on the topic, starting with the unorganized territories of Penobscot County and ending in the city of Portland. A Need for Speed in Argyle On Tuesday, May 21, OTELCO conducted a public information meeting for the citizens of Argyle Township, ME. Argyle Township is about 20 miles north of Bangor in Penobscot County and is… Read more »

Statewide Survey Seeks to Better Understand the Importance of Broadband in Maine

The Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) has teamed up with Consolidated Communications and The Island Institute to conduct a statewide survey to understand the usage, needs, and importance of broadband in Maine. TAM, along with its rural telecommunications provider members, like OTELCO, is dedicated to promoting affordable voice and Internet services in rural Maine. The survey asks residents and businesses from all regions of Maine about the importance of Internet-dependent pursuits, such as telecommuting, aging… Read more »

The Importance of Broadband Infrastructure

With infrastructure week right around the corner and a new spending bill in the works, OTELCO wants to take this opportunity to stress the importance of broadband as infrastructure. Rural Americans Need to be Connected As it stands now, the digital divide continues to grow in rural America. According to Sharon Strover, the director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, rural America is being left in the dust when it comes to broadband. 39%… Read more »

Fiber Optic Broadband: A Greener Internet Solution

Not only does fiber offer the fastest speeds on the market, but it is also a greener Internet solution. Fiber has a minimal ecological impact, reduces waste, consumes very little energy and helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions. With Earth Day just around the corner, OTELCO wanted to highlight the environmental benefits of fiber optic Internet. Reduces the Demand for Copper DSL and cable Internet, fiber’s top alternatives, use copper wire to transmit data. Copper mining… Read more »

Building Fiber in Alton

Alton residents voting during their annual town meeting.

In the last few months, OTELCO has been working with the town of Alton, ME on an exciting municipal broadband project that would provide Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) to the entire community. On March 30th, at their annual town meeting, Alton voters unanimously approved a $150,000 appropriation to fund fiber expansion. The $150,000 is coming from the Juniper Ridge Fund, which allowed the town to invest in the project without having to impact property… Read more »