Posts Categorized: New England

State Broadband Legislation, Funding, and Policy Making in 2020

Last week, OTELCO explored broadband legislation, funding, and policymaking on the federal level. This week, we are diving into broadband legislation and funding happening on the state level, with a look at the grants OTELCO has applied for in 2020. Alabama In 2018 Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act to strengthen connectivity in rural Alabama.  Through this act, the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund was formed. This fund provides support to rural broadband… Read more »

2019 Maine Broadband Summit

We were excited to sponsor and participate in the 2019 Maine Broadband Summit that was hosted by the Maine Broadband Coalition in partnership with the Island Institute, GrowSmart Maine, Fourth Economy Consulting, and the ConnectME Authority. The first Broadband Summit was held about four years ago and, in addition to emphasizing the need for fast reliable broadband Internet throughout the state, showcased success stories from other states. The attendees, myself included, were all proponents of… Read more »

The Grahamtastic Connection

This weekend is the 9th annual Grahamtastic 5k Run & Walk in Springvale, ME. The Grahamtastic Connection is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing technology to children with cancer and other serious illnesses. As a sponsor of the 5k and a supporter of the Grahamtastic mission, OTELCO wanted to take this opportunity to spotlight this admirable non-profit. The Graham in Grahamtastic Grahamtastic was started by Leslie Morissette, in honor of her late son Graham…. Read more »

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 Maine broadband 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… Read more »

Enriching Lives and Thriving Communities Through Municipal Broadband

The Valuable Role of Municipal Broadband in Helping our Households and Businesses Prosper At this year’s MTCMA New England Management Institute OTELCO was part of a panel presentation on the role municipal broadband has to play in rural development. Tracy Scheckel, OTELCO’s marketing, and PR manager spoke, along with Casco Bay Advisors’ Brian Lippold and Charlie Woodworth, who is the executive director at Greater Franklin County. Here is a peek at just some of the… Read more »