Posts Categorized: National News

The Fight for Net Neutrality Battles On

Senator Angus King

A Time Line of the Struggle for Open Internet In December of 2017, the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality regulations passed in 2015. These regulations ensured an open Internet, where everyone has equal access to the web, and ISPs were required to be transparent with consumers. Since its repeal, many Net Neutrality proponents have promised to fight for its reinstatement. One of the strongest Net Neutrality champions has been Maine Independent Senator Angus King. Senator… Read more »

Facebook Responds to Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Two weeks ago we wrote a post about what you really sign up for when you join Facebook. We created that post as response to the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, where 87 million Americans had their information harvested by voter profiling company, Cambridge Analytica. The information was taken by a third party app, created by researcher Aleksandr Kogan, and used in connection to President’s Trumps 2016 presidential campaign. Now we… Read more »

Facebook, Your Information, and User Agreements

Facebook has certainly had its share of press lately. People seem shocked that the social media platform might be sharing their personal information. Jim Fossel in the Portland Press Herald comments; We Users are not the Customers, but the Products.  Hmmm, where have we heard that before? Even if you don’t use Facebook, according to this letter to the editor, you could still be affected. You’ve heard that Facebook states that users give permission for… Read more »

250 Years for Sanford – Springvale Chamber
One More Vote for Net Neutrality

On March 9th, OTELCO had the honor to help the Sanford Springvale Chamber of Commerce celebrate its 250th birthday by sponsoring a luncheon with Maine Senator Angus King at the Town Club in Sanford. Senator King is a huge supporter of the deployment of high speed Internet – particularly in rural communities. As you might guess, OTELCO shares that vision, and several of us attended the event to hear what the Senator had to say…. Read more »

Should Congress Act on Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation?

City-wide broadband infrastructure US map

This week Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) signed on to cosponsor H.R 4814, a bill that would prohibit states from passing laws impeding the construction of municipal broadband networks (anti-municipal broadband laws). Such laws currently exist in 20 states, and can make it significantly harder, if not impossible, for local governments to make direct investments in broadband infrastructure. Access to the Internet is the most significant economic enabler of our time. Broadband access enhances access to… Read more »