OpenCape continues to meet with civic leaders and elected officials across the Commonwealth to educate them about the broadband landscape in our region and advocate for more choice, quality, and affordability in internet connectivity.
This month, members of the OpenCape team had a productive discussion with Salem Mayor and current candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. It was refreshing to meet with Mayor Driscoll, who has a deep understanding of the importance of broadband infrastructure in powering the modern economy. She realizes that reliable and affordable high-speed internet is imperative not just for economic development, but also for telehealth, telework, research, education, and connecting residents to town resources.
We were pleased to be joined by Barnstable County Commissioner and Yarmouth Selectman Mark Forest, MPA and OpenCape Board Director Sean Gonsalves. Formerly a reporter, columnist, and editor at the Cape Cod Times, Gonsalves now works with the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), where he reports and performs research for their Community Broadband Networks Initiative. ILSR empowers communities to take local control of broadband infrastructure projects to improve economic development and fight corporate control.
OpenCape will continue our legislative advocacy to steer much-needed state and federal infrastructure funds to our underserved region. Read our newsletter for more updates as they become available.