Posts Tagged: Community Economic Development

Fiber to the Premise in Leverett, MA Offers an Excellent Public Private Partnership Model

We have been talking about Municipalities and their desire to have reliable broadband and fiber to the premise for their communities for quite some time now.  Since every community is unique, there is no clear-cut model of what a municipally initiated fiber network should look like. There are different examples all across the country. Most recently, we talked about our new relationship with Leverett, MA. Having become very well acquainted with the Leverett model, we’d… Read more »

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 »

Rural Telehealth:
Another Broadband Conversation

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We have discussed the importance of reliable Internet for rural telehealth and telemedicine.  Senate Bill 2873, the Expanding Connectivity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act further emphasizes the significance of reliable Internet. On November 28 the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. Subsequently, the House also passed the legislation, which is now in the hands of President Obama waiting for a signature…. Read more »

Economic Development: Business Service Providers Can Help

Economic development is a hot topic just about everywhere. Municipalities looking to increase their commercial tax base, existing businesses looking to increase traffic to their establishments, and service companies looking to expand their markets, all understand the benefits of building a sustainable and strong economic base from which everyone can benefit. Where economic development is concerned, rural areas around the country, where it’s costly to build infrastructure, lag behind metropolitan locales.  We’ve all heard plenty… Read more »

Broadband in Aging and Age Friendly Communities

Senior man talking on phone and using tablet, sitting at desk at home. Modern technology, communication concept

Facts are facts: Maine is the ‘oldest’ state in the country with a median age of 44.21.  This trend will likely continue over the next few years, and that has important implications for Maine’s infrastructure and economy.  On Friday, March 25th, local government leaders will gather to discuss the approach communities are taking to transform what it means to grow old in Maine at the Maine Municipal Association’s Statewide Manager Interchange.  OTELCO is proud to… Read more »