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

FCC Ftc Hot Potato

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 »

Open Internet vs Restoring Internet Freedom: Is there a Difference?

Open Internet

According to the FCC there is, as Open Internet is on its way out and Internet Freedom is on its way in. Congress and the FCC have been waffling over how the Internet should be classified and who should provide oversight.  Is it telecommunications with FCC oversight?  Is it commerce with FTC oversight? Is it ‘information service’, and just what does that mean? A few weeks ago, Congress decided that there should be no customer privacy… Read more »

Fiber to the Home Season Heats Up at OTT Communications

Fiber tot he home construction

They say there are three seasons in New England: winter, mud, and road construction.  While those road crews slow your commute to make much needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure, our crews will be working on building broadband infrastructure – and not just in New England. OTT’s parent company, Otelco, is also building fiber to the home in our southern service areas in rural Alabama and Missouri. We’re bringing Internet connections of up to 150… Read more »

Restoring Regulations for Internet Privacy in Maine

Rob Souza Internet Privacy in Maine

That is what Maine Senator Shenna Bellows is proposing to do with LD 1610.  The bipartisan legislation will essentially redo what the FCC has recently undone and establish rules for Internet privacy in Maine. Last November we shared information about the FCC taking steps to ensure consumer privacy on the Internet.   Last month we told you about the FCC repealing those rules before they were enacted. Now along with several other states, several members of… Read more »

Creating a Broadband Policy without Doughnut Holes

Doughnut Holes

People are working to get broadband access to rural areas in companies like OTT Communications and at town halls, state houses and Federal agencies across the country.  The latter two groups are focused on two different vehicles for promoting broadband.  First, they set policies to promote broadband expansion and the construction of new networks.  Second, they distribute state and Federal monies in the form of grants to subsidize construction of networks where there isn’t necessarily… Read more »