Posts Categorized: Current Events

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 »

The Top Five OTELCO Blog Posts of 2019

Every year, OTELCO likes to look back at the blogs that stood out most to our readers. In 2019 the OTELCO blog team produced 27 posts, including this one, with three more to come out before the year ends. Our posts included a Summer Streaming Guide, some discussion on Cyber Security, and a profile of one of our longtime customers. All in all, we had a great time this year writing blogs for you, and… Read more »

Checking in with OTELCO: A Mid-Year Review

2019 is shaping up to be a busy year here at OTELCO. We are building new networks, improving existing ones, and even named a new president. It might be challenging to keep up with all the excitement, so we want to take this opportunity to bring our customers up to date. Alabama OTELCO announced plans last month to invest $5 million into our Alabama footprint. This investment includes a new fiber build in Arab, as… 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 »

Facebook Responds to Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Two weeks ago we wrote a post about what you really sign up for when you join Facebook. We created that post as a response to the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, where 87 million Americans had their information harvested by voter profiling company, Cambridge Analytica. The information was taken by a third party app, created by researcher Aleksandr Kogan, and used in connection to President’s Trumps 2016 presidential campaign. Now… Read more »