A message from Steve Johnston, CEO of OpenCape:
Infrastructure…….over the next few days you will hear this word frequently if you are attending the OneCape Summit. It is unfortunate that OpenCape was not asked to participate, provide feedback or input at any level, despite requesting to be involved. OpenCape is eager to collaborate and share our vision, resources and technical expertise to help shape the future of the Cape, Islands & Southeastern MA. It is nearly impossible to have any substantive conversation about Infrastructure on the Cape without discussing fiber-based connectivity....as technology rapidly advances the impact it will have on Public Safety, Education, Healthcare, Economic Development and Residents will be profound. I am happy to take the opportunity here to share what OpenCape has been doing to drive Infrastructure creation in our region.
OpenCape has expanded infrastructure by finishing a fiber build into Woods Hole last week, we connected a new cell tower and the very first hotel accommodations on the Cape to have 100% fiber connections: The Woods Hole Inn & The Treehouse Lodge. This week we also improved infrastructure by connecting Cotuit water, their wells, pumps, and offices. When we finish construction by the end of June, Cotuit should have one of the most advanced and secure water management systems on the Cape. On the Outer Cape we are working in conjunction with the Town of Provincetown and Cape Air to provide enhanced connectivity to the Provincetown Airport.
We continue to sign up schools on and off the Cape (Falmouth Academy, St. John Paul II, SFXP and Bishop Connolly HS in Fall River) and we now connect 15 of the 17 high schools on Cape, as well as, numerous middle and elementary schools…39 in total and that is just the Cape. We also forged an agreement with the Cape Cod National Seashore to expand fiber into the Park, bringing amazing service there...a significant upgrade from a T-1 line and establishing a solid basis for research, communications and public safety in one of our most important and well used, local resource areas.
You may see a theme here…every week the OpenCape team and crews are out in our communities, working with municipalities, towns, & businesses to ensure that our region has the infrastructure we need to innovate, expand, develop and grow. So when you think INFRASTRUCTURE this week, consider the significant contributions that OpenCape has provided and will continue to provide. We believe there should be a place for us in this discussion so that OpenCape can contribute to building Cape Cod, the Islands and beyond.