Posts Categorized: National News

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 celebrated 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. After Senator… 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 »

One Net Neutrality Battle is Lost, but the War Continues

Washington DC Capitol dome detail with waving american flag

Today, the FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to roll back the 2015 net neutrality regulations put in place by the prior FCC. It was a disappointing, but not an unexpected outcome from our point of view.   On the one hand, we have always believed that Internet access meets the definition of a common carrier service and should, therefore, be regulated in a similar fashion to common carrier services. We also agreed with the… Read more »

The Net Neutrality Seesaw is Tilting the Other Way

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the news again over Net Neutrality.  What now? What’s the history of Net Neutrality? During the Obama Presidency in 2015, under the chairmanship of Thomas Wheeler, the FCC established under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, that Internet Service Providers (ISP) fell into the category of ‘common carrier’ and needed to adhere to Net Neutrality rules that would ban ISPs from blocking or throttling content or charging a… Read more »