Posts Categorized: Fiber

State Broadband Legislation, Funding, and Policy Making in 2020

Last week, OTELCO explored broadband legislation, funding, and policymaking on the federal level. This week, we are diving into broadband legislation and funding happening on the state level, with a look at the grants OTELCO has applied for in 2020. Alabama In 2018 Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act to strengthen connectivity in rural Alabama.  Through this act, the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund was formed. This fund provides support to rural broadband… 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 »

OTELCO’s Arab Marketing Blitz

Written by OTELCO Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Tracy Scheckel As everyone knows, OTELCO serves communities in multiple states – including Alabama, where we’re almost done building Fiber to the Premise to 4,100 locations.  I thought it would be a good time to make an extended trip to our Arab, AL office to do what I call a “marketing blitz.”  Being smarty pants, I picked what are typically the four coldest weeks in Maine (mid-January… 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 »

Expanding OTELCO Lightwave in Arab: An Educational Video

OTELCO created this educational video for the Arab community to explain the superior speeds of Lightwave fiber and to provide an update on the success of the Arab build. You can view the video below or read on for a summary of the information. Click Here to See if You Are Eligible for OTELCO Lightwave Fiber Internet What Sets Lightwave Fiber Apart from DSL Building a Lightwave Network in Arab OTELCO’s Lightwave build in Arab… Read more »