Posts Categorized: Lightwave

The Broadband Barrier Blocking Telehealth Expansion in Rural America

A doctor uses telehealth technology on his laptop.

Access to healthcare has always been a struggle for rural communities. Too often, the sick, elderly, and disabled have had to drive hours just for basic medical needs. Telehealth is a viable health care solution for rural communities, but there is still a significant barrier standing in the way, and that barrier is insufficient broadband. Telehealth: What is it? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and… Read more »

Better Value on the Way for Alabama Internet Customers

OTELCO is making changes to its cable Internet hardware like the hardware pictured here.

Our DSL and Cable customers in Alabama have a legitimate concern about their Internet access.  We have heard from our customers that DSL subscribers in Alabama have been paying too much for too little.  This is made all the more frustrating as those who are still on DSL watch neighbors in surrounding areas gain access to our new Lightwave fiber to the home service. We hear you. Over the last several months our engineering, customer… Read more »

Fiber by the Numbers 2018

Facts and Figures about OTELCO's 2018 fiber progress.

It is that time of year again, where we provide a “By the Numbers” look back at our yearly Fiber to the Premise progress. Every year we get closer and closer to our goal of providing Lightwave Fiber Internet to all of our customers. It has been a year of changes for OTELCO. Among other things, our family of companies has been under one name for a full year now, we launched a brand new… Read more »

OTELCO Fiber Infrastructure
Where, when, why, and how.

Optical fibers.

Because we feel it’s futureproof, OTELCO is working to not only deploy new fiber, but to replace old copper technology with fiber infrastructure when possible. With service footprints in 6 rural states, fiber deployment can be a challenge. As much as we’d like to build fiber to every location in every state, it’s just not feasible from a business perspective. Consider the following: What does a project cost? How many locations can be served? How many… Read more »

OTELCO Fiber 2017
By the Numbers

OTELCO

Last year at this time we provided a look, “By the Numbers”, at our Fiber to the Premise accomplishments for 2016.  We are still committed to building fiber to every customer, but as we’ve said in the past, it will take time. This year we share our 2017 accomplishments for the former OTT service area AND the rest of our OTELCO service area in Alabama and Missouri. One of the reasons for our corporate re-brand… Read more »