Posts Categorized: Municipal Broadband

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 »

2019 Maine Broadband Summit

We were excited to sponsor and participate in the 2019 Maine Broadband Summit that was hosted by the Maine Broadband Coalition in partnership with the Island Institute, GrowSmart Maine, Fourth Economy Consulting, and the ConnectME Authority. The first Broadband Summit was held about four years ago and, in addition to emphasizing the need for fast reliable broadband Internet throughout the state, showcased success stories from other states. The attendees, myself included, were all proponents of… Read more »

Maine Broadband Bond Failure:
What now?

Monday morning OTELCO took a road trip to the Statehouse to observe the legislature as it considered a general obligation bond that would, among other things, have freed up substantial funding for broadband expansion. Unfortunately, the Maine broadband bond did not get the two-thirds majority vote in needed in the house or the senate. If it had, voters would have been able to vote on it in the November Election. Instead, lawmakers decided to table… Read more »

How Individual Citizens Can Start a Municipal Broadband Conversation in their Community

At OTELCO, we know how frustrating sub-par broadband can be. Many of our employees live in rural areas, with slow speeds and unreliable connections. As everyday citizens, we understand how frustrating it can be to wait on your community or local provider to provide better Internet, which is why this week we want to give some information about what individual citizens can do to help facilitate municipal broadband in their community. Signup for a Free… Read more »