Posts Categorized: Networks

Business Internet Speed:
How Much Do I Need?

Business Internet speed requirements are different for every business. Paying for more than your business needs is like washing your car with a fire-hose.  In contrast, skimping on speed to save money is worse.  If you’re smart you don’t use a garden hose to fight a fire. When we wash our cars, we could use a fire-hose, but that would be overkill. Most of us use a garden hose, which generally does the trick.  Conversely,… Read more »

Under-Promise and Over-Deliver: Getting the “Up To” out of Broadband

No up to in broadband

In my first college course in marketing, we talked extensively about the catchphrase: “under-promise and over-deliver.” Setting correct expectations with consumers is vital to happy customers, positive reviews and word-of-mouth sales.  As a result, I’ve always known the telecom industry’s tendency to advertise broadband speeds at the upper limit of what’s available creates problems.  Rather than setting ourselves up to succeed, when sell up to broadband, we set ourselves up to fail. The result is… Read more »

Getting DSL to 40Mbps and Faster While We Build Fiber

40Mbps Home DSL

The copper telephone network has had a long and productive life, but its days are numbered. Landline phones are at long last going the way of the telegraph, and DSL technology’s ability to squeeze more bandwidth out of a phone line is nearing its limit. More and more, companies like ours are investing in Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) in order to keep up with the ever increasing demand for bandwidth. Trouble is, building out fiber takes time,… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy:
Beyond the Dome, You’re the Product

The FCC has been busy; essentially creating an Internet Consumer Privacy Dome: It classified the Internet as telecommunications, giving itself oversight and rulemaking ability for the Internet It mandated an open Internet, to ensure equal and fair access to content regardless of the provider It enacted consumer privacy and security rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that reflect those of telecommunication carriers. A Bit of Irony No matter what ISPs do to provide Internet security… Read more »

Network Security — A First Line of Defense that Might Surprise You

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OTELCO Director of Network Operations, Jason Gay manages all of OTELCO’s internal IT and external network operations. In a recent company-wide monthly security brief, Gay emphasized the fact that: “Employee Security Awareness is a very important part of the overall Security Policy and Information Technology Compliance program of any business.” Although there are numerous network security options that substantially reduce network threats, he contends that the first line of defense to most cyber-attacks is the end-user. Network Security… Read more »