Posts Categorized: Municipal Broadband

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 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 the bond;… 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 »

Enriching Lives and Thriving Communities Through Municipal Broadband

The Valuable Role of Municipal Broadband in Helping our Households and Businesses Prosper At this year’s MTCMA New England Management Institute OTELCO was part of a panel presentation on the role municipal broadband has to play in rural development. Tracy Scheckel, OTELCO’s marketing, and PR manager spoke, along with Casco Bay Advisors’ Brian Lippold and Charlie Woodworth, who is the executive director at Greater Franklin County. Here is a peek at just some of the… Read more »

Checking in with OTELCO: A Mid-Year Review

2019 is shaping up to be a busy year here at OTELCO. We are building new networks, improving existing ones, and even named a new president. It might be challenging to keep up with all the excitement, so we want to take this opportunity to bring our customers up to date. Alabama OTELCO announced plans last month to invest $5 million into our Alabama footprint. This investment includes a new fiber build in Arab, as… Read more »

Statewide Survey Seeks to Better Understand the Importance of Broadband in Maine

The Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) has teamed up with Consolidated Communications and The Island Institute to conduct a statewide survey to understand the usage, needs, and importance of broadband in Maine. TAM, along with its rural telecommunications provider members, like OTELCO, is dedicated to promoting affordable voice and Internet services in rural Maine. The survey asks residents and businesses from all regions of Maine about the importance of Internet-dependent pursuits, such as telecommuting, aging… Read more »