The Top Five OTELCO Blog Posts of 2019

The 2019 OTELCO Blog Logo: A blue globe with lines of light crossing all over it, with OTELCO Technology. Tradition. Together.<sup>®</sup> 2019 written over it in big blue letters. Every year, OTELCO likes to look back at the blogs that stood out most to our readers. In 2019 the OTELCO blog team produced 27 posts, including this one, with three more to come out before the year ends. Our posts included a Summer Streaming Guide, some discussion on Cyber Security, and a profile of one of our longtime customers.

All in all, we had a great time this year writing blogs for you, and we are so excited to share the five OTELCO blogs you liked best.

5. Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing: Protecting Yourself from Phone Scams

Robocalls are a national menace. These seedy operations use spoofing to trick consumers into answering the phone and then attempt to swindle them into sharing personal information like credit card or social security numbers. Robocalling has been a hot button issue in Washington throughout 2019, and just this week, the House passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to protect the public from these telephone terrorists. This OTELCO blog explains how robocalling works, and how you can keep obnoxious callers from your phone.

Discover How You Can Protect Yourself from Robocallers

4. The Fight for Net Neutrality Battles On

In March, Senator Angus Kind introduced the Save the Internet bill. As a strong proponent of Net Neutrality, King has, since the senate overturned the Internet Consumer Privacy Order, been working to ensure that the Internet stays out of the control of “big business” who stand to exploit it. In this OTELCO blog, we took a deep dive into the battle for the Internet and created a comprehensive timeline that follows the history of Net Neutrality.

Read Our Earth Day Blog to Understand the Greener Benefits of Fiber

A hand holding two leaves, created out of green fiber optic lines on a white background. The picture from one of the to OTELCO Blog posts of 2019, Fiber Optic Broadband: A Greener Internet Solution

Switching to fiber Internet can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Fiber Optic Broadband: A Greener Internet Solution

We talk a lot on the OTELCO blog about how fast fiber is, but did you know that it also better for the environment? Fiber optics are a greener Internet solution. In this special Earth Day post, we explain how fiber wastes fewer resources and consumes less energy than traditional broadband solutions. Plus, it doesn’t result in hazardous chemicals, or toxic by-products like copper does.

Read Our Earth Day Blog to Understand the Greener Benefits of Fiber

2. What to Expect from a Managed Services SLA

Managed Services are IT solutions for businesses of all sizes. They can save time, money, and valuable resources, especially during a data crisis. When working with a Managed Services provider (MSP), the first thing you will want to establish is a Service Level Agreement (SLA). In this OTELCO blog post, we explain what an SLA is, and what you should expect from your MSP when creating one. It is a must-read for anyone who is considering making a move to Managed Services.

Find Out What You Should Expect from a Managed Services SLA

1. What’s New with the OTELCO Broadband Deployment Plan (And What Isn’t)

OTELCO's Trevor Jones speaking with reporters at Tuesday's press conference. A picture from one of the top OTELCO Blog posts of 2019.

OTELCO’s Trevor Jones speaking with reporters at Tuesday’s press conference.

Finally, the most popular OTELCO blog of 2019 was the announcement of our Alabama Broadband Deployment Plan. In June of this year, OTELCO announced our intention to invest $5 million into our Alabama footprint, including Lightwave fiber expansion and upgrades to our existing broadband infrastructure. VP of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service, Trevor Jones, made the announcement. In his blog, Trevor outlines the company’s strategy to improve connectivity throughout the Yellow Hammer state. Later this month, we will take a look at the progress we have made with the deployment plan in our 2019 Fiber by the Numbers post.

Learn All About OTELCO’s Alabama Broadband Deployment Plan

The OTELCO Blog in 2020

As another great year of blogging comes to a close, we ask, what will 2020 bring? Hopefully, a lot of great stuff, like next month’s look at the newest products from OTELCO Cloud Managed Services. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of OTELCO’s posts, subscribe to our blog today!

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