Posts Tagged: Fiber Optic Internet

Telecommuting and You

A women sits at a dining room table telecommuting from her laptop.

The world we work in is changing due to the rise of telecommuting. Ten years ago employers would have laughed at the idea of a remote workforce, and now 60% of companies offer telecommuting opportunities. What was once a pipe dream is now a reality for 4.3 million US workers. The best part of this new workforce trend is that it benefits the employee and the employer. This week we will explore all the ways… Read more »

Lightwave Fiber Infrastructure
Where, when, why, and how.

A fiber optic cable

Because we feel it’s futureproofed, OTELCO is working to not only deploy new fiber but to replace old copper technology with fiber infrastructure when possible. With service footprints in 6 rural states, fiber deployment can be a challenge. As much as we’d like to bring Lightwave Fiber Internet to every location in every state, it’s just not feasible from a business perspective. Consider the following: What does a project cost? How many locations can be served?… Read more »

It Takes a Village to Have Good Community Broadband

Mount Washington Community Broadband Committee

The transition that is currently taking place in the telecommunications industry hasn’t happened before.  For the first time, an all-new network is being built to replace the network that was there before – fiber instead of copper.  It’s a complicated job and a very expensive one. Some private companies have begun this transition on their own, while others are having a hard time justifying the expense, especially in rural areas. Rather than be left behind,… Read more »

Fiber Technology: Is it the best broadband solution?
We think so!

Optical fibers.

Fiber Technology, the right choice for OTELCO Currently, the FCC defines ‘unserved’ as not having access to fixed broadband Internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.  Admittedly, those speeds can be achieved with traditional copper / DSL technology, but is it the most efficient from a Life Cycle Cost  basis? Not by a long shot when you compare it to fiber technology. Recently, OTELCO CEO, Rob Souza responded to a… Read more »

Optical Fiber Network Deployment:
There’s no cookie cutter solution.

We often talk about customizing our approach to meeting a customer’s needs.  Whether we’re deploying hosted phones or helping a municipality to develop a community fiber network, there is no cookie cutter approach. OTELCO’s own new FTTP infrastructure is no different. With Lightwave Fiber operations and build-outs happening in Alabama, Missouri, Vermont, and Maine, OTELCO is using 3 different deployment approaches. In the communities of Blackwater and Arrow Rock in Missouri, OTELCO is retiring copper… Read more »