In just three years from the fiber optic network going live, OpenCape is now powering 86% (and growing) of the public and private high schools on the Cape and a growing number off Cape
We are also powering a significant number of middle and elementary schools and college programs on-cape plus Bridgewater State University and Massasoit Community College off Cape. And we are adding more schools and educational centers every month.
Cape Cod schools have access to the RWAN (Regional Wide Area Network) funded for an initial three year period by the Barnstable county Commission, provides access to a shared 1 Gigibit connection for free (read more about the RWAN here)
Institutions of higher education will now have the ability to connect easily to wide area, very high speed networks including Internet
Direct Peering with Google and Amazon allows more traffic to stay on net
Classrooms using cutting edge technology requires OpenCape’s high speed symmetrical internet access to expand the classroom experience through technology: virtual classrooms, shared special lecture events, real-time event streaming, and direct access to live and archived research. Imagine students viewing, in real-time, broadcasts from the bottom of the ocean!
OpenCape’s broadband network gives Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts’ students access to next generation learning tools such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Students are no longer limited to the learning experiences provided by local institutions and can access courses online at partner colleges and universities. Courses can be shared with remote students unable to live permanently at their college.
The regional STEM education strategy is well underway across the Cape, led by key institutions in the area. Content and technology sharing are an integral part of executing that strategy. A successful STEM strategy will bring more innovation for the entire region.