OpenCape Corporation is a 501c3 nonprofit technology company headquartered in Barnstable Village at the Barnstable County Complex. The OpenCape fiber optic network is an open access network built to serve local governments, businesses, and residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape & Islands. Our state-of-the-art fiber network is on par with the most sophisticated and technically proficient fiber networks in the world.
OpenCape Corporation owns the network and exclusively operates the data center. OpenCape’s current operating partner, CapeNet, sells a variety of Internet and Voice-Over-Internet services and maintains the network. This unique partnership model was designed so that the nonprofit owner of the system could focus on advancing the interests of the community.
Over the 3 year period since the network went "live" we have accomplished a lot. We still have much to do. Download the white paper that details our accomplishments to date
A competitive broadband marketplace now exists for entities that require high-speed Internet access and data transfers. Wireless carriers have begun to receive fiber optic cables to the towers that service ever-increasing numbers of mobile users, needing ever-increasing speeds. Public safety officials on the Outer Cape have fiber optic and microwave pathways to ensure essential communications remain available in harsh conditions.
Right now, broadband services are being provided over the OpenCape network to more than 100 institutions, including libraries, government buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals, public safety agencies and research institutions.
While many towns are working to formulate plans, the town of Falmouth is a good example of an early adopter, leveraging this technology to create a comprehensive municipal network of 19 buildings with super-fast connectivity among town buildings and aggregated Internet and voice service. Barnstable County is delivering services to towns in an efficient and effective model using a regional Wide Area Network created specifically to advance economies of scale and lower Internet access costs.
Barnstable, Falmouth, Mashpee, Nauset, Sandwich public schools as well as Monomoy Regional School District, along with Sturgis East & West now have access to reliable, high-speed bandwidth enabling the use of mobile devices and modern online teaching and research tools.
We can envision a future when widespread and reliable network coverage is the cornerstone of commerce; when new economic centers and remote offices are developed from Cape Cod to New Bedford to Providence. This development will reverse historic commuting patterns as well as advance home monitoring and telehealth applications, allowing seniors to remain in their homes longer by connecting through the network to their healthcare providers. The opportunities are endless.