Posts Categorized: The FCC

The Top Five OTELCO Blog Posts of 2019

Every year, OTELCO likes to look back at the blogs that stood out most to our readers. In 2019 the OTELCO blog team produced 27 posts, including this one, with three more to come out before the year ends. Our posts included a Summer Streaming Guide, some discussion on Cyber Security, and a profile of one of our longtime customers. All in all, we had a great time this year writing blogs for you, and… Read more »

Five Reasons Parents Should Keep Their Landline Phone

With over half of the U.S. living in cellphone-only households, the idea of keeping (let alone buying) a landline phone may seem outdated. However, safety, peace of mind, and savings are still relevant, and a landline phone can offer all of that. In fact, we can give you five solid reasons why parents should hold on to that landline copper phone. 1. Peace of Mind We all know cell phones are not foolproof, and certainly… Read more »

The Importance of Broadband Infrastructure

With infrastructure week right around the corner and a new spending bill in the works, OTELCO wants to take this opportunity to stress the importance of broadband as infrastructure. Rural Americans Need to be Connected As it stands now, the digital divide continues to grow in rural America. According to Sharon Strover, the director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, rural America is being left in the dust when it comes to broadband. 39%… Read more »

Municipal Broadband Networks Are Not a Threat to the First Amendment

The constitution over a flag with a gavel on top of it.

Last week, Motherboard published an article denouncing a speech made by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, at this year’s “Free Speech America Gala” held by the Media Institute. In this speech, O’Rielly outwardly attacked municipal owned networks for impinging upon users first amendment rights. The commissioner’s exact words were “In addition to creating competitive distortions and misdirecting scarce resources that should go to bringing broadband to the truly unserved areas, municipal broadband networks have engaged in… Read more »

Big Things Are Happening in Rural Broadband Expansion

Chairman Ajit Pai visiting OTELCO's Maine office to discuss rural broadband expansion.

Just last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai traveled to Maine to discuss his passion for rural broadband expansion, and his goal of “closing the digital divide.” During his visit, the Chairman stopped by OTELCO’s New Gloucester, Maine office to discuss the company’s role in the development of rural connectivity. Last week also marked the unveiling of the USDA’s new broadband webpage. The new website includes lots of broadband resources, including information on funding and opportunities… Read more »