Posts Tagged: Fiber Optic Internet

Gigabit Internet:
What is it? Do I need it?

Some of you may be familiar with the term Broadband or Bandwidth Envy; it’s simply anxiety caused by not having the fastest Internet speed available.  (It’s like the feeling you get when you realize that Apple has released a newer iPhone than the one you just bought.) Anyway, the current buzz in Internet speed is Gigabit Internet service.  Gigabit Internet service transmits data up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) — or 1,000 megabits per… Read more »

Fiber Optic Broadband: A Greener Internet Solution

A hand holding two leaves, created out of green fiber optic lines on a white background

Not only does fiber offer the fastest speeds on the market, but it is also a greener Internet solution. Fiber has a minimal ecological impact, reduces waste, consumes very little energy and helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions. With Earth Day just around the corner, OTELCO wanted to highlight the environmental benefits of fiber optic Internet. Reduces the Demand for Copper DSL and cable Internet, fiber’s top alternatives, use copper wire to transmit data. Copper mining… Read more »

Building Fiber in Alton

Alton residents voting during their annual town meeting.

In the last few months, OTELCO has been working with the town of Alton, ME on an exciting municipal broadband project that would provide Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) to the entire community. On March 30th, at their annual town meeting, Alton voters unanimously approved a $150,000 appropriation to fund fiber expansion. The $150,000 is coming from the Juniper Ridge Fund, which allowed the town to invest in the project without having to impact property… Read more »

The Broadband Barrier Blocking Telehealth Expansion in Rural America

A doctor uses telehealth technology on his laptop.

Access to healthcare has always been a struggle for rural communities. Too often, the sick, elderly, and disabled have had to drive hours just for basic medical needs. Telehealth is a viable health care solution for rural communities, but there is still a significant barrier standing in the way, and that barrier is insufficient broadband. Telehealth: What is it? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and… Read more »

How a DSL Inquiry Became Fiber to the Premise for One Local Business and Maybe More

Fiber to the premise PCNU

Technology. Tradition. Together.® You just might have heard these words before if you have anything to do with OTELCO. Technology is obvious; we’re a communication company. The fact that we’ve been serving rural communities for more than a century, speaks to Tradition. This story is a fabulous example of where Together comes in. Granby, Massachusetts is a small town in the western part of the state. The Granby Telephone and Telegraph Company, now part of… Read more »