OpenCape has launched a new website and is looking to gather input from residents and businesses interested in connecting to its fiber optic broadband network.
The nonprofit corporation OpenCape, along with its operating partner CapeNet, has already installed the backbone of a high-speed broadband network on Cape Cod.
This is a critical first step as well look to expand service to a broader segment of the population on the Cape & Islands and across Southeastern MA. The CrowdFiber tool will allow people to signal their desire for better Internet service. We can take that data and share it with Towns and Communities.
In an effort to help communities start we came up with a simple image that helps people visualize the process and start thinking about the different phases, roles and questions they may have. We have seen simpler versions and more complex, the goal here to to start discussing what is right for your community or region.
Community broadband funding can come from a variety of sources including, public, private investors, philanthropy or any combination of these. The key is finding funding models that align with the goals of your community.
Two different Maine communities examine and vote on town initiatives for connecting their communities to Fiber. in these cases success and failure can both be linked to one single attribute...Communication.
Kristy Senatori, Deputy Director of the Commission stated, “We’re very pleased with this beginning and we expect the towns will bring more buildings on board over time as they experience the enormous potential for cost savings, innovation and shared applications.”
Understanding the benefits and challenges associated with FTTH (Fiber to the Home) is important to help evaluate the impact it can have on a community. By learning how residents can support and even drive FTTH initiatives in their community, neighborhoods like this are taking an important first step.