Posts Categorized: Municipal Broadband News

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 »

Municipal Broadband Networks Are Not a Threat to the First Amendment

The constitution over a flag with a gavel on top of it.

Last week, Motherboard published an article denouncing a speech made by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, at this year’s “Free Speech America Gala” held by the Media Institute. In this speech, O’Rielly outwardly attacked municipal owned networks for impinging upon users first amendment rights. The commissioner’s exact words were “In addition to creating competitive distortions and misdirecting scarce resources that should go to bringing broadband to the truly unserved areas, municipal broadband networks have engaged in… Read more »

A Planner’s Role in Municipal Broadband

OTELCO's sponsor table was covered in information about municipal broadband.

Last week was the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2018 conference. NNECAPA met at Point Look Out in Northport, ME to discuss a myriad of issues centered on this year’s theme, “Defining Resiliency for Northern New England.” OTELCO was proud to be a presenter and sponsor of this conference, weighing in on the importance of municipal broadband, and how planners can help bring fiber to the premise to their communities. Maine… Read more »

Broadband Discussions Across Maine

Bar Harbor ME in the fall

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the ConnectME Authority, and their mission to equip Maine with reliable broadband infrastructure. For those who don’t know, ConnectME is a government agency whose mission is to “facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all Maine households and businesses and help them understand the valuable role it can play in enriching their lives and helping their communities thrive.” Already this year ConnectME has Redefined their… Read more »

Re-defining Broadband in Maine
What’s your opinion?

Cape Neddick lighthouse, the Nubble light, stands watch over a wintry landscape on a January morning.

If you’re reading this post, you are an Internet consumer, or you may be an entrepreneur who depends on the internet to conduct business; whatever your broadband needs are, your opinion about Internet speed may help shape the future of broadband in Maine. What Defines Broadband? When cable companies began to provide Internet access to consumers, the service was faster than traditional DSL and dial-up, and the industry coined the term to mean high-speed Internet… Read more »