Posts Tagged: Broadband

Microsoft and TV White Space for Rural Broadband Delivery

Microsoft

Since Microsoft made its announcement about its Rural Airband Initiative to employ TV White Space (TVWS) to deliver rural broadband, discussions in the industry have been, to say the least, robust. Rural providers across America are struggling to deliver broadband to residents in low density areas, so this news from Microsoft has piqued a lot of interest and some skepticism. Basically, TVWS is a relatively low frequency, below 700 MHz, area of the television spectrum… Read more »

Can a Home VPN Protect Your Internet Privacy When the FCC Won’t?

Internet modem

A home VPN is one way to ensure your privacy on the Internet — especially now that the government has ended privacy rules governing ISPs. A Virtual Private Network or VPN is exactly what its name says.  It’s a secure private network in the cloud, meaning it’s virtual.  Many businesses employ VPNs to provide network security and ensure that employees can securely work from remote locations. A home VPN alters your Internet footprint. Without a… Read more »

Fiber to the Home Season Heats Up at OTELCO

Fiber tot he home construction

They say there are three seasons in New England: winter, mud, and road construction.  While those road crews slow your commute to make much needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure, our crews will be working on building broadband infrastructure – and not just in New England. OTELCO is also building fiber to the home in our southern service areas in rural Alabama and Missouri. We’re bringing LightWave Fiber Internet connections of up to 150 Megabits… Read more »

Restoring Regulations for Internet Privacy in Maine

Rob Souza Internet Privacy in Maine

That is what Maine Senator Shenna Bellows is proposing to do with LD 1610.  The bipartisan legislation will essentially redo what the FCC has recently undone and establish rules for Internet privacy in Maine. Last November we shared information about the FCC taking steps to ensure consumer privacy on the Internet.   Last month we told you about the FCC repealing those rules before they were enacted. Now along with several other states, several members of… Read more »

Creating a Broadband Policy without Doughnut Holes

People are working to get broadband access to rural areas in companies like OTELCO and at town halls, state houses and Federal agencies across the country.  The latter two groups are focused on two different vehicles for promoting broadband.  First, they set policies to promote broadband expansion and the construction of new networks.  Second, they distribute state and Federal monies in the form of grants to subsidize construction of networks where there isn’t necessarily a… Read more »