Posts Tagged: The Internet

Busy Building Broadband

While We Were Away… We apologize to our blog readers for missing the last few weeks, but OTELCO has just been so busy building out fiber that there was no time to write. Here is a little peek into the rural broadband builds OTELCO has been up to this summer, what we have up our sleeve for the fall, and some interesting information from the USDA that we think will pique your interest. Fiber Buildouts … Read more »

High Speed Fiber Infrastructure
Where, when, why, and how.

A fiber optic cable

Because we feel it’s futureproof, 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 High Speed 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… Read more »

Is Broadband Really “The New Dial-Tone?”

Abstract Digital network communication digital concept

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 »

Microsoft and TV White Space for Rural Broadband Delivery

Microsoft

Since Microsoft made its announcement about its Rural Airband Initiative to employ TV White Space (TVWS) to deliver rural broadband, discussions in the industry have been, to say the least, robust. Rural providers across America are struggling to deliver broadband to residents in low density areas, so this news from Microsoft has piqued a lot of interest and some skepticism. Basically, TVWS is a relatively low frequency, below 700 MHz, area of the television spectrum… 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 »