Dave Allen, Sr. VP of Telecom Operations

New Gloucester, ME –   OTELCO is pleased to welcome David Allen to the OTELCO Team.  As the Senior Director of Telecom Operations, Mr. Allen will head the multistate Switching, Outside Plant and Engineering Departments for Otelco.  He will also be responsible for for the design, implementation and day-to-day operations of the Telecom Plant, with a specific goal of ensuring completion of the 10 year broadband construction plan.  He will oversee work in New England, Alabama,… Read more »

Maine Legislative Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee Considers LD 1610:
An Act to Protect Privacy of Online Customer Personal Information

The Maine EUCT is conducting a hearing on LD 1610 today, The following is the testimony presented in writing by OTELCO: Testimony of Tracy Scheckel Marketing Manager, OTELCO Regarding LD 1610, An Act To Protect Privacy of Online Customer Personal Information OTELCO is in strong support of the legislation as currently written. Chairs, Representative Berry and Senator Woodsome; and members of the Energy Utilities and Technology Committee;  Senators Cushing and Dion, and Representatives Cooper, DeChant,… Read more »

World Wide Wow

OTT underwrites Digital Literacy Classes

Participants tackle computer basics in Waterboro By TAMMY WELLS,Senior Staff Writer — Journal Tribune, Biddeford, ME WATERBORO —  It seems these days, if you’re not ready to be online, you’re left behind. People talk about the web, about Facebook and other social media, or what they’ve seen on Pinterest. It is a brave new world, and it can be daunting. But some basic computer classes offered by Massabesic Center for Adult Learning is changing that… Read more »

Internet service providers offer computer classes for rural Mainers

The goal of digital literacy courses is to help residents enter the digital age while creating new broadband customers. By J. Craig Anderson  Staff Writer Portland Press herald Internet service providers in Maine’s rural communities are taking an active role in guiding seniors and others with limited computer skills across the digital divide. Rural ISPs have partnered with nonprofit organizations, libraries and adult education centers to teach basic computer skills to thousands of Mainers. Such… Read more »

The Maine School and Library Network Deserves Broad Support

By Trevor Jones This article originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald. Even people who are most concerned about the state of broadband Internet access across Maine agree that high speed access for our state’s schools and libraries is a bright spot, thanks to the Maine Schools and Library Network or MSLN. In fact, a 2015 study by the nonprofit advocacy group EducationSuperHighway ranked Maine 5th in the nation in providing broadband access to schools,… Read more »