Posts Categorized: New England

Broadband in Maine: A Compelling Case Study of Its Benefits

Broadband in Maine

Dirigo:  Broadband in Maine, We SHOULD lead Last week we discussed a couple of the many bills regarding broadband in Maine that are floating around the Legislature.  We also hosted “Breakfast and Broadband” in Augusta with a dozen or so legislators joining us. Our presentation focused on OTELCO’s company history, some of the insights we shared in last week’s blog, and a recap of our ConnectME funded FTTP projects.  As great as it was to… Read more »

Broadband Infrastructure Funding Legislation: Almost, but not quite.

This Session, the Maine Legislature is considering no fewer than 20 bills related to broadband access.  Some of these bills focus on applications such as education and telehealth, while others focus on how networks are built and broadband infrastructure funding. One bill from this latter group is LD 140, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Entrepreneurial Activity, Attract Business and Enhance Demographic In-migration by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure and… Read more »

Fiber to the Premise in Leverett, MA Offers an Excellent Public Private Partnership Model

We have been talking about Municipalities and their desire to have reliable broadband and fiber to the premise for their communities for quite some time now.  Since every community is unique, there is no clear-cut model of what a municipally initiated fiber network should look like. There are different examples all across the country. Most recently, we talked about our new relationship with Leverett, MA. Having become very well acquainted with the Leverett model, we’d… Read more »

Telecommuting and Working Remotely: Keeps the Wheels of Commerce and Business Turning in Maine

telecommuting

Telecommuting has almost become a way of life for some of us in the past weeks.  Mother Nature has been seeing to that.  In fact, when I began writing this post, I was working from my home office since the OTELCO New England offices were closed on Monday due to the expected blizzard conditions.  Operationally, a skeleton screw of customer care staff was able to monitor incoming customer calls and address those that needed immediate… Read more »

The Digital Divide:
Bridging it through Coopetition

Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide is a challenge we all face.  As communication technologies advance at warp speed and everyday life becomes more dependent on the Internet, it is critical to ensure that everyone can access all that the Internet has to offer. Although we, as providers, continually strive to deliver reliable high-speed Internet access, it is also incumbent upon us to provide the tools that subscribers need to maximize the benefit of that connectivity.  To… Read more »