Posts Tagged: Lightwave Fiber Internet

Fiber Optic Broadband: A Greener Internet Solution

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 »