Posts Categorized: Uncategorized

A Year-end Message from OTELCO

To Our Loyal Subscribers and Dedicated Staff: There is no question that 2020 will be a year to remember and one that most of us would rather forget.  In addition to a mark on history that will be etched in our memories for generations, our response to the COVID 19 pandemic has changed how we live, work, learn, and care for our health.  2020 saw many businesses struggle to maintain operations during shelter in place… Read more »

Looking for Streaming Christmas Movies?
Here are our picks

Streaming Christmas Movies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to hunker down with some snacks and your favorite holiday flicks. We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite family-friendly holiday films into two categories including some musicals and heartwarming traditional classics and some more humorous, but equally heartwarming contemporary classics: Traditional Classics It’s a Wonderful Life Frank Capra’s 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, while contemplating ending his life, is visited by… Read more »

Social Engineering:
Don’t fall for it!

Social Engineering

Social engineering is nothing new, but it is much more common as so many are telecommuting, distance learning and shopping on-line due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Social engineering attackers use stress inducing methods to prey on us.  The stress that we’re all already feeling during the pandemic creates a foundation that makes it easier for attackers to take advantage of us. By definition, social engineering is a psychological attack where the attacker manipulates you… Read more »

VDSL Explained:
How does it differ from DSL?

VDSL Networking

What is VDSL Technology and how is it different from DSL We all know that DSL refers to digital subscriber line and it’s a way to access the Internet using copper telephone lines. So, what does the V stand for in VDSL? Simply put, the V stands for Very High Bit Rate digital subscriber line. How are DSL and VDSL the same? Copper wire transmits data to and from the service subscriber’s location Data speed… Read more »

4G LTE, 5G, Data Plans, Gigabit Internet: What they mean.

Cell Phone Tower

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about Gigabit Internet speed or Gbps that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers.  If you have a cell phone, and who doesn’t, you’re familiar with 1G, 3G and various other sized cellular data plans, and then there’s the  3G, 4G-LTE, 4G, and now 5G networks and phones. That’s a lot of ‘G’s; what does it all mean? The Different Meanings of “G” in your Internet Plan Wireline… Read more »