Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

Helping the Sandwich Generation Care for Aging Parents

Senior Woman Enjoying a relaxing moment with her Daughter at Home drinking Coffee

Just what is the Sandwich Generation? Are you between the ages of 40 and 60 with both aging parents who need your care and attention and dependent children still at home?  If you answered yes, you are in good company with 9.3 million other Americans according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Welcome to the ‘Sandwich Generation’! As America ages, more and more people are becoming multi-generational caregivers. The staggering number of people who make up… Read more »

Broadband in Aging and Age Friendly Communities

Senior man talking on phone and using tablet, sitting at desk at home. Modern technology, communication concept

Facts are facts: Maine is the ‘oldest’ state in the country with a median age of 44.21.  This trend will likely continue over the next few years, and that has important implications for Maine’s infrastructure and economy.  On Friday, March 25th, local government leaders will gather to discuss the approach communities are taking to transform what it means to grow old in Maine at the Maine Municipal Association’s Statewide Manager Interchange.  OTELCO is proud to… Read more »

Digital Literacy: Who’s Responsible?

Digital Literacy: Who is responsible for sharing all the advantages of broadband?

Before we answer the Digital Literacy question, lets take a little refresher course in Economics, remember widgets? Economics 101 taught us that if you develop a widget, in order to profit from it, you need a market in which to sell it. Therefore, if your widget is a hat that keeps your entire body warm with some edgy thermal-technology, you target your market and sell your product in really cold places where buyers should be… Read more »

Broadband Access Improves Quality of Place

Broadband access is playing a larger role in our lives every day.  No wonder; broadband offers significant benefits to both quality of life and quality of place. When we speak of benefits to quality of life, we’re really talking about how broadband Internet benefits the individual, a topic we wrote about last week. These benefits include things like education, healthcare, aging in place and telecommuting. Although each of these offer distinct benefits to the individual,… Read more »

Cloud Faxing: Is it the right choice for your business fax?

CLoud Faxing

We are all familiar with VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol telephone service. Now cloud faxing or Internet Fax has come to the forefront. Unlike traditional faxing, there are no fax machines and much less paper Involved. In fact, with an Internet connection and a computer or just about any mobile device, cloud faxing can be an exciting new tool for your business.  Considering cloud faxing? Here are some considerations to help you choose a service:… Read more »