Posts Categorized: Maine

Community Broadband Initiatives are Taking Root Around the Country

Community Broadband FIber Internet Construction

In Maine alone, dozens of towns, counties, and economic development entities are working in regional groups to plan for community broadband deployment. In many cases, the public private partnerships formed by these regional groups open the door to additional funding and resources. Individual communities across the US, including no less than 7 in Maine, have decided to invest their own resources to construct community broadband networks. Although no two implementation models are identical, many employ… Read more »

Broadband Infrastructure
How Can We Make It Happen?

Broadband Infrastructure

Last week we talked about broadband as infrastructure, now we’ll look at how one might facilitate broadband infrastructure. Around the US, States and Municipalities are trying to take broadband infrastructure matters into their own hands. Alabama and others are looking at tax incentives for providers to construct infrastructure to the least served areas. Other states like Maine offer matching grants for qualifying broadband infrastructure projects.  Several states, including Massachusetts, have used federal matching funds to… Read more »

Re-defining Broadband in Maine
What’s your opinion?

Cape Neddick lighthouse, the Nubble light, stands watch over a wintry landscape on a January morning.

If you’re reading this post, you are an Internet consumer, or you may be an entrepreneur who depends on the internet to conduct business; whatever your broadband needs are, your opinion about Internet speed may help shape the future of broadband in Maine. What Defines Broadband? When cable companies began to provide Internet access to consumers, the service was faster than traditional DSL and dial-up, and the industry coined the term to mean high-speed Internet… Read more »

Case Study: How A Hosted Phone System Helped A Credit Union Keep Serving Its Members During A Fire

Hosted Phone System

Katahdin Federal Credit Union serves members throughout a wide swath of Maine, covering Penobscot County, Piscataquis County, and the southern part of Aroostook County. Travis Rich works in information technology and business development at the credit union, and was involved in their move to a hosted phone system from OTELCO. Travis took the time to share their story of how their Hosted PBX phone system kept operations running smoothly, with our business technology tools. Time For A… Read more »

Case Study: How a Phone System From OTELCO Has Helped a Local Non-Profit

Eastern Area Agency on Aging - Maine

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) provides a variety of services to Maine seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers. Their services include Meals on Wheels, Medicare assistance, transportation, congregate dining, and much more. Based in Bangor, their coverage area includes Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock Counties. As a non-profit, the organization needs to be mindful of its budget but also needed a phone a system that works throughout their offices in these counties, as… Read more »