Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

Internet is not a choice, Representative Sensenbrenner!

Having just finished a trip to visit family in New Jersey for Easter, I can unequivocally say that Internet IS NOT a choice. On the 6 hour drive down, thanks to OTELCO’s hosted phone system, with my cell phone, I was able to take calls that rang to my desk.  With a smart device I could keep up with email, and thanks to a hot spot was able to connect to the network to work… 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 »

FCC and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy, the Most Recent FCC Order

Peter Wheeler FCC Internet Privacy

This past spring we discussed net neutrality and dissected the FCC notice of proposed rule-making regarding net neutrality and consumer privacy. On October 27th the FCC voted to approve an order enacting significant rules to protect Internet consumer privacy. A fact sheet provided by the FCC states, “…..give consumers the tools they need to choose how their Internet service providers (ISPs) use and share their personal data.” Why This Order: The FCC, ordered by Congress,… Read more »

Managed Service Options That Can Streamline Your Business Operations

Managed Service Options like network, application, system, and e-management services are among the offerings of a Managed Service Provider. These MSPs deliver services across a network to multiple enterprises with “pay-as-you-go” pricing.  Many Managed Service Providers focus on management services as their primary offering. However, many include third-party services such as application service providers, Web hosting companies, and network service providers. Managed Service Options There are many elements to Managed Services. Here are some of… Read more »