Posts Tagged: Internet

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 »

LAN WAN or OTELCO SiteLink? What’s right for your business?

Do you need a LAN WAN or something else to connect your business? A LAN, or Local Area Network is a private computer network that connects computers in small physical areas such as a single building or a business, university, or hospital campus.  A WAN, or Wide Area Network, is a network that connects computers in different geographical locations over the public Internet. Sometimes LANs and WANs are used together.  An example is a state… Read more »

Can a Home VPN Protect Your Internet Privacy When the FCC Won’t?

Internet modem

A home VPN is one way to ensure your privacy on the Internet — especially now that the government has ended privacy rules governing ISPs. A Virtual Private Network or VPN is exactly what its name says.  It’s a secure private network in the cloud, meaning it’s virtual.  Many businesses employ VPNs to provide network security and ensure that employees can securely work from remote locations. A home VPN alters your Internet footprint. Without a… Read more »

The FCC is Trying to Redefine the Internet: A Game of Hot Potato Begins

As we mentioned 2 weeks ago, the FCC has changed its definition of Internet in an effort to “Restore Internet Freedom“.  Instead of categorizing it as a telecommunication service, it has stated that the Internet is Information Service.  That means the Internet is no longer a public utility, nor is it telecommunications and thus, not within the oversight of the FCC. We thought it would be interesting to compare the FCC’s definitions for telecommunication and… Read more »

Internet is not a choice, Representative Sensenbrenner!

Having just finished a trip to visit family in New Jersey for Easter, I can unequivocally say that Internet IS NOT a choice. On the 6 hour drive down, thanks to OTELCO’s hosted phone system, with my cell phone, I was able to take calls that rang to my desk.  With a smart device I could keep up with email, and thanks to a hot spot was able to connect to the network to work… Read more »