August 2022

Summer is winding down but the OpenCape team in Barnstable remains busy with a variety of projects. We spent the month of August continuing work on our fiber-to-the-home pilot in Hyannis as well as meeting with leaders across the Commonwealth to discuss the unique broadband infrastructure needs of residents and businesses here in southeastern Massachusetts. Read about these stories and more in our latest newsletter. 


With Gratitude, Steve

OPENCAPE AUGUST 2022 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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. 

OPENCAPE EXPANDS FIBER-TO-THE-HOME PILOT IN HYANNIS 

OpenCape is thrilled to announce an expansion of our fiber-to-the-home pilot in Hyannis at Sea Captain's Row, in partnership with CapeBuilt Development. This month we turned up the third building (out of five total), where residents will enjoy 100% fiber internet connectivity with average speeds of 250 Mbps download and 125 Mbps upload for a low monthly cost well below what national monopoly providers charge for inferior service. 


We will continue to advance fiber-to-the-home options in our service footprint whenever and wherever possible. Learn more about OpenCape's fiber-to-the-home strategy, including how you can get involved, on our website HERE

CEO STEVE JOHNSTON CELEBRATES SEVEN YEARS AT OPENCAPE

OpenCape's fearless leader Steve Johnston celebrates his seven year work anniversary this month! Steve is the driving force behind OpenCape, and he works tirelessly every day to help bridge the digital divide in our region. Steve is a future-focused leader who works to expand the OpenCape network and build a local team of subject matter experts who are passionate about improving choice, access, and affordability in internet connectivity.


In addition to his hard work on behalf of our organization, Steve is a dedicated father of five kids who range in age from preschool to college. When he's not on the phone, giving a presentation, or at his desk working, he's attending field day, meeting with teachers, moving someone in/out of their dorm room, or shuttling someone's hockey gear from one place to the other.  


CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE ON SEVEN AMAZING YEARS! 

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH OPENCAPE & E-RATE


Kids are headed back to school this month and the OpenCape network is ready to handle the influx of additional traffic! As a participant in the E-Rate program, OpenCape provides 100% fiber internet service to schools and libraries within our service footprint, from Fall River and New Bedford to Bourne, and all the way down Cape to Provincetown. 


Digital skills are critical to kids being able to thrive as they enter college and the workforce, and OpenCape is grateful to have the opportunity to provide reliable and affordable connectivity to schools in our region.


Are you in the planning process for the upcoming school year? Contact OpenCape and learn about the benefits of a 100% fiber internet connection at your school! 

CAPE COD'S CO-WORKING SPACES CHOOSE OPENCAPE


When connectivity counts, businesses count on OpenCape's 100% fiber optic network. Dependable internet is a must-have for the modern, full-service shared workspace. OpenCape is proud to power Cape Cod's co-working spaces, from Falmouth ShareSpace to CapeSpace in Mashpee and Hyannis, and on the lower and outer Cape at Chatham Works and Provincetown Commons


CapeSpace CEO Robbin Orbison says, "We are very pleased with our service from OpenCape. The reliability is fantastic and we never have to worry about the internet going down." 

GET PAID FOR YOUR CONNECTED REFERRAL!

Thanks to our good friend Rick Pinney at Cape Cod Office Consultants for referring the Cotuit Athletic Association to OpenCape. We were incredibly excited to connect the Cotuit Kettleers just in time for them to launch their 50th anniversary season. During the season, the Ketts are now providing real-time streaming services to their fans across the country and around the world, and the quality is unsurpassed!  


Are you an IT consultant whose clients require robust, affordable, reliable, 100% fiber internet connectivity? Click here to learn more or contact us to hear about our referral program today!

OFFICE CLOSURE: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2022


OpenCape's office in Barnstable will be closed on Monday 9/5/22 for Labor Day. Customers who need assistance can call our Network Operations Center (NOC) at 888.744.5080 to log a service ticket.


Enjoy the long holiday weekend! 

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