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The Engine that Powers Education

In just three years from the fiber optic network going live, OpenCape is now powering 74% of the 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. 

The OpenCape fiber optic network gives schools, colleges and research facilities flexibility and network capabilities previously unavailable.  This will open the door for numerous opportunities and cutting-edge technologies, enabling the education field to better serve its students.

The benefits from being connected are simply too great to ignore:

  • For Cape Cod schools, access to the RWAN (Regional Wide Area Network) funded for an initial three year period by the Cape Cod Commission, provides access to a shared 1Gigibit 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 2.
  • Cutting edge sharing technologies, virtual classrooms, shared special lecture events, real-time event streaming, and direct access to live and archived research information in the classroom are all possibilities based on the speed and direct connections available on the OpenCape network  Imagine viewing in real-time broadcasts from the bottom of the ocean in classrooms!
  • 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.

At OpenCape, we believe that the rate at which information can travel between institutions should not lag behind the speed with which colleges and research facilities advance the field of science. The increase in data transmission speeds made possible by OpenCape’s fiber optic broadband infrastructure will allow for collaborative projects between institutions. Local colleges and research facilities will now be able to easily connect with academic and scientific institutions across the country and to international research networks such as Internet2.

The influx of information and ideas in Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts will only serve to make the region more capable and competitive.