Posts Categorized: Broadband

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 »

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’s DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Upgrade in Alabama

OTELCO DOCSIS 3.1 Upgrades

In an effort to continuously provide the best service possible, OTELCO is upgrading our coaxial cable network in Blount County using new DOCSIS 3.1 technology. This upgrade will allow us to offer speeds as high as 1 Gbps and increase our existing coaxial customer’s bandwidth at no extra cost to them. An Important Update for Cable Customers We have gotten a lot of questions about this upgrade from our customers, so we wanted to use… Read more »

How Fiber-Optic Internet Can Boost The Value of Your Home

The demand for fiber-optic Internet has never been higher. As our homes get smarter, and we turn to connected devices for work, leisure, education, and more, we expect a fast, reliable connection. For all of these reasons, adding fiber Internet capabilities to your home is considered a wise investment. The Benefits of Fiber-Optic Internet A 2015 study found that the addition of fiber-optic Internet can increase a home’s value by 3.1%. That’s equal to an… Read more »