Posts Categorized: Maine

Broadband in Maine: A Compelling Case Study of Its Benefits

Broadband in Maine

Dirigo:  Broadband in Maine, We SHOULD lead Last week we discussed a couple of the many bills regarding broadband in Maine that are floating around the Legislature.  We also hosted “Breakfast and Broadband” in Augusta with a dozen or so legislators joining us. Our presentation focused on OTELCO’s company history, some of the insights we shared in last week’s blog, and a recap of our ConnectME funded FTTP projects.  As great as it was to… Read more »

Telecommuting and Working Remotely: Keeps the Wheels of Commerce and Business Turning in Maine

telecommuting

Telecommuting has almost become a way of life for some of us in the past weeks.  Mother Nature has been seeing to that.  In fact, when I began writing this post, I was working from my home office since the OTELCO New England offices were closed on Monday due to the expected blizzard conditions.  Operationally, a skeleton screw of customer care staff was able to monitor incoming customer calls and address those that needed immediate… Read more »

The Digital Divide:
Bridging it through Coopetition

Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide is a challenge we all face.  As communication technologies advance at warp speed and everyday life becomes more dependent on the Internet, it is critical to ensure that everyone can access all that the Internet has to offer. Although we, as providers, continually strive to deliver reliable high-speed Internet access, it is also incumbent upon us to provide the tools that subscribers need to maximize the benefit of that connectivity.  To… Read more »

Broadband Day Features ConnectME Funded Broadband Projects in Maine

Shenna Bellows and Norm Higgins at Broadband Day

On Thursday, January 19th, several of Maine’s broadband providers and legislators gathered in the Hall of Flags in Augusta for Broadband Day.  The Connect ME Authority hosts Broadband Day annually to highlight broadband expansion in Maine’s un-served areas. This year, providers showcased broadband projects in Maine completed in the past year with ConnectME matching grants. Showing bipartisan support for broadband were Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester and Republican Norm Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Both highlighted the importance of broadband… Read more »

Rural Telehealth:
Another Broadband Conversation

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We have discussed the importance of reliable Internet for rural telehealth and telemedicine.  Senate Bill 2873, the Expanding Connectivity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act further emphasizes the significance of reliable Internet. On November 28 the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. Subsequently, the House also passed the legislation, which is now in the hands of President Obama waiting for a signature…. Read more »