Posts Categorized: Municipal Broadband

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 »

The Importance of Broadband Infrastructure

With infrastructure week right around the corner and a new spending bill in the works, OTELCO wants to take this opportunity to stress the importance of broadband as infrastructure. Rural Americans Need to be Connected As it stands now, the digital divide continues to grow in rural America. According to Sharon Strover, the director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, rural America is being left in the dust when it comes to broadband. 39%… Read more »

Building Fiber in Alton

Alton residents voting during their annual town meeting.

In the last few months, OTELCO has been working with the town of Alton, ME on an exciting municipal broadband project that would provide Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) to the entire community. On March 30th, at their annual town meeting, Alton voters unanimously approved a $150,000 appropriation to fund fiber expansion. The $150,000 is coming from the Juniper Ridge Fund, which allowed the town to invest in the project without having to impact property… Read more »

The Broadband Barrier Blocking Telehealth Expansion in Rural America

A doctor uses telehealth technology on his laptop.

Access to healthcare has always been a struggle for rural communities. Too often, the sick, elderly, and disabled have had to drive hours just for basic medical needs. Telehealth is a viable health care solution for rural communities, but there is still a significant barrier standing in the way, and that barrier is insufficient broadband. Telehealth: What is it? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and… Read more »

Fiber by the Numbers 2018

Facts and Figures about OTELCO's 2018 fiber progress.

It is that time of year again, where we provide a “By the Numbers” look back at our yearly Fiber to the Premise progress. Every year we get closer and closer to our goal of providing Lightwave Fiber Internet to all of our customers. It has been a year of changes for OTELCO. Among other things, our family of companies has been under one name for a full year now, we launched a brand new… Read more »