Posts Categorized: Municipal Broadband

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 »

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 »