September Infrastructure: Broadband resources

At the September meeting of the Infrastructure Committee, sub-committee members submitted a list of helpful articles and links to broadband resources to share on the Tech Council’s webpage. While it is not intended as a comprehensive list, it gives a sense of some of the resources available, including information on how to contact local Town […]

July Infrastructure: FalmouthNet

We heard from two sub-committees at the Infrastructure Committee’s July meeting: The Broadband subcommittee has compiled a list of resources to be added to the Tech Council website. This list in progress will give specific examples of local broadband initiatives and how they were accomplished, including Massachusetts Broadband Institute and municipal networks. There will also […]

June Infrastructure: the digital divide

Committee members at the Infrastructure Committee meeting in June reported that the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit has been successful, with many eligible households accessing the program. The committee is curious to see what the program’s circulation has been on Cape Cod. . Committee members also reported that the EBB program has been criticized as being […]

May Infrastructure: Climate Action and Broadband

At its meeting in May, the Infrastructure Committee discussed Cape Cod Commission’s Climate Action Plan. This plan, which was developed through a process including engagement with stakeholders, was made available to the public in April and can be read at the Cape Cod Commission website. The plan is open for public comment until May 24. […]

April Infrastructure: Vineyard Wind Connector 2

At the Infrastructure Committee’s April meeting Dana Rebeiro, Massachusetts Community Liaison for Vineyard Wind, requested a letter from the Tech Council in support of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) submitted to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Vineyard Wind is in the final stages of their permitting for the Vineyard Wind Connector 2 project. […]

March Infrastructure: Gathering Resources

At its March meeting, the Infrastructure Committee discussed what role the Tech Council might play in moving toward deploying widespread fiber to the Cape. One subcommittee is working on assembling links of information currently available. Another subcommittee has offered to develop ideas for homeowners to increase the efficiency of their current service, identifying remedies to […]

February Infrastructure: Consolidating models of broadband access

At its January meeting, the Infrastructure Committee discussed a converging interest in access to fiber and broadband on Cape Cod, due in part to the COVID pandemic. The topic comes up across the Cape —from local government and the business community to schools and churches. It was reported that the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce […]

January Infrastructure: Falmouth Community Network

In January, representatives from Falmouth Community Network presented to the Infrastructure Committee. (View slide deck) A group of Falmouth residents began looking at community networks when an internet outage in parts of Falmouth lasted for five days in 2018. The group discovered that the current provider’s infrastructure is outdated, with no competition driving future upgrades. […]

December Infrastructure: municipal WiFi

At its December meeting, the Infrastructure Committee discussed possible ways to help communities connect with WiFi. A survey drafted by a sub-committee was circulated through the Tech Council’s newsletter and school contacts. As responses come in, the overwhelming number are from Wellfleet and Provincetown, where WiFi is a recognized issue. Committee members discussed posting available […]

November Infrastructure: the future of tech on the Cape

At its November meeting, the Infrastructure Committee heard from the sub-committee researching WiFi accessibility. There are many on Cape Cod who do not have access to internet service, as well as families with school-aged kids attending classes online while parents work from home, increasing demands on bandwidth. The sub-committee has drafted a survey to get […]

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