Posts Tagged: Maine

Broadband Infrastructure
How Can We Make It Happen?

Broadband Infrastructure

Last week we talked about broadband as infrastructure, now we’ll look at how one might facilitate broadband infrastructure. Around the US, States and Municipalities are trying to take broadband infrastructure matters into their own hands. Alabama and others are looking at tax incentives for providers to construct infrastructure to the least served areas. Other states like Maine offer matching grants for qualifying broadband infrastructure projects.  Several states, including Massachusetts, have used federal matching funds to… Read more »

Re-defining Broadband in Maine
What’s your opinion?

Cape Neddick lighthouse, the Nubble light, stands watch over a wintry landscape on a January morning.

If you’re reading this post, you are an Internet consumer, or you may be an entrepreneur who depends on the internet to conduct business; whatever your broadband needs are, your opinion about Internet speed may help shape the future of broadband in Maine. What Defines Broadband? When cable companies began to provide Internet access to consumers, the service was faster than traditional DSL and dial-up, and the industry coined the term to mean high-speed Internet… Read more »

Is Broadband Really “The New Dial-Tone?”

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No question about it, broadband is infrastructure, and it gets compared to other types of vital infrastructure all the time in the course of the ongoing discussion about improving broadband speeds and coverage, including highways, plumbing and public water, electricity, and even telephone service. This phenomenon was in full force last week when Maine got it’s first-ever (we think) visit from a sitting FCC Commissioner, newly re-appointed democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, who joined United States Senator… Read more »

Dig Once: How does it work?
A Policy for Municipalities to Consider

Dig Once streetscape underground utilities

Dig Once is a concept that is becoming more and more popular, particularly as municipalities, in efforts to beautify their downtowns, choose to suppress utilities underground. Aside from the aesthetics, there are functional pros and cons  to underground utilities.  One benefit of buried utilities is that they are less susceptible to damage from harsh weather and vehicular accidents. On the other hand, should underground utilities get damaged by animals or excavation, repair is difficult and… 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 »