RWAN - Regional Wide Area Network- The Best Deal for Towns

For two plus years, Barnstable County, through the Strategic Information Office of the Cape Cod Commission with technical assistance from its IT Department, have shepherded the county’s first Regional Wide Area Network for shared use by all towns on Cape Cod. 

In the initial launch in October 2014, the County-wide network connects 13 of the 15 Cape Cod municipalities together, opening the possibility for greater economies of scale for group purchasing of managed services and regional applications such as the e-permitting platform developed and supported through the Commission.

The RWAN is an opportunity for the 15 towns of the Cape to take a step forward and realize the benefits and opportunities that collaboration can offer, both inter-departmentally and intra regionally.  For the past two years the RWAN has provided 1Gbps shared connectivity to the Internet at no cost to the towns, schools, non-profits and educational facilities.

The Regional Wide Area Network, or RWAN, is made possible by the OpenCape Network which provides the fiber optic backbone to which the RWAN connects. The County Commissioners contracted to build and maintain RWAN connections after a public bidding process. 

“The RWAN is the final connection we need to deliver exactly the kind of services we’ve been talking about since the County’s initial investment in developing the OpenCape Network,” former County Commissioner Sheila Lyons said.

The RWAN has initially provided 1Gbps shared connectivity to the Internet at no cost to the towns, and planned hosted services for participating Cape Cod municipalities, non-profits and educational facilities. Contracts have been executed between Barnstable County and the towns.

“The regional wide area network provides an opportunity for the Town of Wellfleet to improve information sharing between departments for improved delivery of services,” Wellfleet Town Administrator Harry Terkanian said. “For example, by giving the building department and beach sticker sales office access to current assessing department data we can act on citizen transactions at those offices based on real time information.”

If you are interested in how your town can benefit from a RWAN connection.  Contact us