Posts Categorized: Net Neutrality

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A Time Line of the Struggle for Open Internet In December of 2017, the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality regulations passed in 2015.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 »

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 »

The Best of 2017 and Our Hi-Speed Broadband Resolution for 2018

Happy New Year from OTELCO

As 2017  closes, we look back at our most popular posts.  Since they were so popular, we thought you might like to take a look.  You may observe a theme here too! Our #1 most read blog, Fiber to the Home Season Heats Up at OTELCO, shared information about a few of our current Fiber to the Premise projects. Next was Getting DSL to 40Mbps and Faster While We Build an All-Fiber Network, that explained… 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 »