OTELCO to invest $5m to expand fiber and improve broadband connectivity in Alabama

OTELCO, a telecommunications provider servicing areas of Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia, announced during a press conference today that it will invest more than $5,000,000 to improve broadband connectivity in Alabama. This major fiber broadband construction initiative will add 113-miles to the company’s Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network to the City of Arab, Alabama, resulting in fiber availability to 4,100 additional locations. Construction will begin in June 2019 and be complete by… Read more »

Richard A. Clark named President of OTELCO; CEO Rob Souza announces retirement

OTELCO announced last week that Richard A. Clark has been appointed President of the company, reporting to Rob Souza, Chief Executive Officer and Director of OTELCO. In addition, Souza has announced he will retire on December 31, 2019. Coincident with Souza’s retirement, Clark will assume the additional position of Chief Executive Officer and will be based in New Gloucester, Maine. Prior to joining Otelco, Clark was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TVC… Read more »

Alton, ME Voters Approve $150,000 to Expand Fiber Broadband to All Town Locations

Alton residents voting during their annual town meeting.

Alton, ME Voters Approve $150,000 to Expand Fiber Broadband to All Town Locations This municipal broadband project is to be a collaboration between OTELCO, the Town of Alton and the ConnectME Authority ALTON and NEW GLOUCESTER, ME (April 4, 2019) – OTELCO, the incumbent telecommunications provider to the Town of Alton, is pleased to announce that it will proceed with a collaboration that will allow the company to build a town-wide broadband network. At the… Read more »

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announces Last Mile Grant to Bring Wireless Internet to Florida, Hawley, Monroe, & Savoy

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announces Last Mile Grant to Bring Wireless Internet to Florida, Hawley, Monroe, & Savoy MBI Award to WiValley, Inc., will Support Construction of a Cutting-Edge Wireless Network that will Deliver Internet to the Vast Majority of Premises in the Four Towns OTELCO Will Manage Completed Network and Service Offerings to Over 1,000 Households WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has finalized an agreement with WiValley-MA, Inc.,… Read more »

One size does not fit all: Three approaches to community broadband networks

One of the first decisions a community needs to make in bringing broadband to residents is what sort of network to operate. Should the network be closed, with one ISP providing service to residents; open and lit, providing the basic infrastructure for potentially competing ISPs; or open with dark fiber leased to competing ISPs? Read more from Trevor Jones in this month’s Connectivity Matters column in Broadband Communities magazine.