Posts Tagged: Broadband

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 »

Broadband Day Features ConnectME Funded Broadband Projects in Maine

Shenna Bellows and Norm Higgins at Broadband Day

On Thursday, January 19th, several of Maine’s broadband providers and legislators gathered in the Hall of Flags in Augusta for Broadband Day.  The Connect ME Authority hosts Broadband Day annually to highlight broadband expansion in Maine’s un-served areas. This year, providers showcased broadband projects in Maine completed in the past year with ConnectME matching grants. Showing bipartisan support for broadband were Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester and Republican Norm Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Both highlighted the importance of broadband… Read more »

Under-Promise and Over-Deliver: Getting the “Up To” out of Broadband

No up to in broadband

In my first college course in marketing, we talked extensively about the catchphrase: “under-promise and over-deliver.” Setting correct expectations with consumers is vital to happy customers, positive reviews and word-of-mouth sales.  As a result, I’ve always known the telecom industry’s tendency to advertise broadband speeds at the upper limit of what’s available creates problems.  Rather than setting ourselves up to succeed, when sell up to broadband, we set ourselves up to fail. The result is… Read more »

OTELCO FTTP (Fiber to the Premise) 2016 Projects by the Numbers

OTT FTTP

Fiber optic technology is today’s best Internet access delivery method and because of its versatility, durability, and expandability, it is likely to remain so, well into the future.  Delivering FTTP, or fiber to the premise is the goal of many Internet service providers, including OTELCO.  Meeting that goal is not easy — especially in the rural areas we serve.  Below is a look at 2016 stats for OTELCO FTTP implementation. Some simple math makes it… Read more »

Keeping Up With the Ever Increasing Demand for Internet Bandwidth

Chart depicting Nielsen's law of Internet bandwidth.

It’s no secret that our need for Internet bandwidth is growing rapidly, but you might be surprised just how fast.  Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth states that a user’s connection speed grows by 50% per year.  This is linked to Moore’s Law, which tells us that computing power grows by 60% per year.  Nielsen attributes the slower growth of Internet bandwidth to three factors: Upgrading infrastructure is complicated and expensive. Users are reluctant to spend… Read more »