Posts Tagged: Broadband

Massachusetts’ Hilltowns are Taking Control of Last-Mile Broadband

MassBroadband 123 and underserved Hilltowns

Too small for investment by the cable companies and virtually abandoned by the area’s dominant telephone company, rural communities in Western Massachusetts are taking last-mile broadband matters into their own hands. Luckily, they’re aided by rigorous investment from State Government and a strong middle-mile network. They also have a handful of very compelling service models to build on. Late last year, we were fortunate to be chosen to provide Internet and phone services to the… Read more »

Business Internet Speed:
How Much Do I Need?

Business Internet speed requirements are different for every business. Paying for more than your business needs is like washing your car with a fire-hose.  In contrast, skimping on speed to save money is worse.  If you’re smart you don’t use a garden hose to fight a fire. When we wash our cars, we could use a fire-hose, but that would be overkill. Most of us use a garden hose, which generally does the trick.  Conversely,… Read more »

Telecommuting and Working Remotely: Keeps the Wheels of Commerce and Business Turning in Maine

telecommuting

Telecommuting has almost become a way of life for some of us in the past weeks.  Mother Nature has been seeing to that.  In fact, when I began writing this post, I was working from my home office since the OTELCO New England offices were closed on Monday due to the expected blizzard conditions.  Operationally, a skeleton screw of customer care staff was able to monitor incoming customer calls and address those that needed immediate… Read more »

3 Elements to Bridging the Digital Divide:
Affordable Broadband, a Computer in Every Home, and the Knowledge to Use the Technology

Prosperity has different benchmarks. Bridging the digital divide is crucial if we want prosperity for all. The digital divide is the gulf that exists between those who have ready access to the Internet and those who do not. The digital divide diminishes quality of life, economic opportunity and social interaction for those without access. Making Broadband More Affordable for Low Income Homes Naturally an important step in bridging the digital divide is making broadband access… Read more »

The Digital Divide:
Bridging it through Coopetition

Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide is a challenge we all face.  As communication technologies advance at warp speed and everyday life becomes more dependent on the Internet, it is critical to ensure that everyone can access all that the Internet has to offer. Although we, as providers, continually strive to deliver reliable high-speed Internet access, it is also incumbent upon us to provide the tools that subscribers need to maximize the benefit of that connectivity.  To… Read more »