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FAQs

Don’t be fooled!  It is true that most cable and FTTN (DSL) networks use some fiber.  In these networks, the fiber carries the signal close enough to homes so that copper can carry it the rest of the way.  However, this approach requires expensive, difficult-to-maintain electronics at the point where fiber meets copper.  (These electronic devices use a great deal of power and are quite sensitive to lightning strikes.  Even the cost of bringing electric power to them can be huge, depending on where they are located.)  The available bandwidth is far less than in an all-fiber network.  And most of these halfway approaches do not allow symmetrical bandwidth – cable and DSL systems generally can’t upload information as fast as they can download it.

 (2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.

None!  OpenCape will only offer Internet connectivity.  Down the road we may offer additional services that can be layered on top of our fiber connections.  

We are working incredibly hard to develop and execute a plan to deliver Fiber to the Home.   Let us know you're interested today! Visit our CrowdFiber site here to start the process

Yeah!   We get this one a lot......it is like having a Ferrari parked in your driveway and no keys, FRUSTRATING!

Unlike cable....fiber is connected differently and we have splice points (where the fiber can be connected) every 1,000 feet or so, which means it is a little more complicated, plus it is expensive to just hookup one house or business at a time.  That is why we launched the CrowdFiber site (click here) so we can aggregate interest and hook up people in groups when it makes sense financially.

In new construction, fiber costs about the same as copper to build, and it costs much less to operate and maintain.  Building fiber to the home is expensive only when compared with not building a new network – that is, with making minor tweaks to an existing copper network.  The problem is that these less-expensive solutions don’t meet users’ needs.  In the last few years, the flood of video content has outrun he ability of older copper technologies to handle bandwidth demands.

 (2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.

It may be fine to send emails, download songs or share family photos.  If you want to log on to the corporate LAN from home and work effectively, or run a home-based business, you’ll need more.  And what about uploading a high-def video of your child’s football game, or sitting down to dinner virtually with family members a thousand miles away?

 (2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.

Have you ever run a speed test at your home...if not, try this one. Chances are you will see results that are very different from 150Mbps.  Sure you might get that type of speed if you run the test again at 3 a.m. in the morning.  The point we are trying to make is that this scenario will only get worse as increased demand for connectivity goes beyond what the legacy systems of the incumbent providers.  If you're just checking email you are probably fine.

You will also hear this referred to a "symmetrical service".....ever run a speed test on your laptop at home?  If you're lucky you get 25Mbps (Megabits Per Second) download and maybe 9 or 10 Mbps upload.   Not great...yeah we know!  With the OpenCape Network you can access symmetrical service...your uploads AND downloads will be blazing fast.

In the debate about fiber versus copper-based broadband, people tend to argue in terms of downstream bandwidth because most users need more downstream bandwidth than upstream – especially for bringing video entertainment into the home.  But emerging consumer uses such as home video uploads, computer games, distance learning, video communications and telemedicine may require as much upstream bandwidth as downstream.  Small businesses, often home-based, may need upstream bandwidth as well – imagine a wedding photographer sending proofs by email to clients.  Larger businesses may wish to copy all their working data files for safekeeping to a remote computer center.

DSL is a last-generation technology that is already inadequate, and would hobble the future economic development of our region.  Verizon has expressed no interest in expanding their wired services anywhere, is discontinuing DSL in other markets, and is focused instead on wireless cellular business.

With copper cable, bandwidth drops precipitously with distance.  The most recent expedient, vectored DSL, allows 50 Mbps downstream signals for as far as 1,800 feet under ideal conditions.  It won’t work on very old copper wiring, its upstream bandwidth is limited and it requires expensive electronics.  However, it is touted as an interim solution for network builders that cannot afford fiber to the home (FTTH).

(2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.

OpenCape Corporation, a fully accredited 501 (c)(3), was formed in 2006 based on the desire of motivated individuals to provide Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape & Islands with the infrastructure to allow it to service residents, provide a choice regarding connectivity and compete in the new economy.

Rarely can one gift have such far reaching impact on communities. How so?  Your single gift can impact so many areas of concern.....By utilizing your gifts to connect more Community Anchor Institutions, like libraries, public safety, schools, hospitals, and even neighborhoods we are adding to the fabric of our community and helping drive Growth, Economic Development and thriving communities. 

Your gift also directly supports OpenCape and our efforts to advocate for connecting towns and communities.  OpenCape is an advocate for choice and our presence alone will offer towns, businesses and residents a choice when it comes to Internet connectivity.  When you have a choice, everyone wins.

So consider becoming a major donor.  Consider a gift to connect your community.   Donate today

No.  Cable, DSL and even wireless networks are usually heavily oversubscribed – that is, providers promise users more than the total amount of available bandwidth because they know all users aren’t going full throttle most of the time.  As a result, networks slow down during periods of heavy use, such as when teenagers come home from school.  Copper networks are also more subject to speed degradation due to the condition of the wiring.  Fiber has enough bandwidth and reliability that providers can guarantee high speeds with little or no oversubscription.  If a fiber network is designed properly, users will always get the speeds that are advertised – or better.  Data published by the FCC in February 2013 showed that, on average, fiber-to-the-home services delivered 115 percent of their advertised speeds.

 (2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.


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