Posts Categorized: New England

Re-defining Broadband in Maine
What’s your opinion?

Cape Neddick lighthouse, the Nubble light, stands watch over a wintry landscape on a January morning.

If you’re reading this post, you are an Internet consumer, or you may be an entrepreneur who depends on the internet to conduct business; whatever your broadband needs are, your opinion about Internet speed may help shape the future of broadband in Maine. What Defines Broadband? When cable companies began to provide Internet access to consumers, the service was faster than traditional DSL and dial-up, and the industry coined the term to mean high-speed Internet… Read more »

Community Broadband Sticker Shock? Try a Different Approach

Community Broadband Sticker Shock recently hit Cambridge City Hall.

Recently, I worked with a City Councilor in Cambridge, Massachusetts to try and help the Council overcome a severe case of community broadband sticker shock.  It seems that the town had hired a consultant who had submitted a $200 million estimate for a city-wide fiber to the home network without first understanding what the City’s appetite would be for such expenditure – or, indeed, if the network being proposed was really necessary to achieve the… Read more »

Case Study: How a Phone System From OTELCO Has Helped a Local Non-Profit

Eastern Area Agency on Aging - Maine

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) provides a variety of services to Maine seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers. Their services include Meals on Wheels, Medicare assistance, transportation, congregate dining, and much more. Based in Bangor, their coverage area includes Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock Counties. As a non-profit, the organization needs to be mindful of its budget but also needed a phone a system that works throughout their offices in these counties, as… Read more »

LAN WAN or OTELCO SiteLink? What’s right for your business?

Do you need a LAN WAN or something else to connect your business? A LAN, or Local Area Network is a private computer network that connects computers in small physical areas such as a single building or a business, university, or hospital campus.  A WAN, or Wide Area Network, is a network that connects computers in different geographical locations over the public Internet. Sometimes LANs and WANs are used together.  An example is a state… Read more »

Restoring Regulations for Internet Privacy in Maine

Rob Souza Internet Privacy in Maine

That is what Maine Senator Shenna Bellows is proposing to do with LD 1610.  The bipartisan legislation will essentially redo what the FCC has recently undone and establish rules for Internet privacy in Maine. Last November we shared information about the FCC taking steps to ensure consumer privacy on the Internet.   Last month we told you about the FCC repealing those rules before they were enacted. Now along with several other states, several members of… Read more »