Posts Categorized: Maine

Is Broadband Really “The New Dial-Tone?”

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No question about it, broadband is infrastructure, and it gets compared to other types of vital infrastructure all the time in the course of the ongoing discussion about improving broadband speeds and coverage, including highways, plumbing and public water, electricity, and even telephone service. This phenomenon was in full force last week when Maine got it’s first-ever (we think) visit from a sitting FCC Commissioner, newly re-appointed democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, who joined United States Senator… Read more »

Dig Once: How does it work?
A Policy for Municipalities to Consider

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Dig Once is a concept that is becoming more and more popular, particularly as municipalities, in efforts to beautify their downtowns, choose to suppress utilities underground. Aside from the aesthetics, there are functional pros and cons  to underground utilities.  One benefit of buried utilities is that they are less susceptible to damage from harsh weather and vehicular accidents. On the other hand, should underground utilities get damaged by animals or excavation, repair is difficult and… Read more »

Optical Fiber Network Deployment:
There’s no cookie cutter solution.

We often talk about customizing our approach to meeting a customer’s needs.  Whether we’re deploying hosted phones or helping a municipality to develop a community fiber network, there is no cookie cutter approach. OTELCO’s own new FTTP infrastructure is no different. With Lightwave Fiber operations and build-outs happening in Alabama, Missouri, Vermont, and Maine, OTELCO is using 3 different deployment approaches. In the communities of Blackwater and Arrow Rock in Missouri, OTELCO is retiring copper… Read more »

Hosted Phones, a Tool for All Seasons; Play Hooky with Hosted phones

Some of you may remember last winter in Maine. We talked about the versatility of hosted phones and how they can keep the wheels of progress rolling, even when the wheels of your car are stopped by the weather. On one particular day, there were several of us working from home while seamlessly connected to our offices via hosted phones and the Internet. Maybe it’s best not to think of that right now, so what… Read more »

Fiber to the Home Season Heats Up at OTELCO

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They say there are three seasons in New England: winter, mud, and road construction.  While those road crews slow your commute to make much needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure, our crews will be working on building broadband infrastructure – and not just in New England. OTELCO is also building fiber to the home in our southern service areas in rural Alabama and Missouri. We’re bringing LightWave Fiber Internet connections of up to 150 Megabits… Read more »