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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 […]

October Infrastructure: a policy for requests of support

Traditionally one of the purposes of the Infrastructure Committee is to vet requests for support and make recommendations to the Board. At its October meeting, the Committee discussed public policy position guidelines, drafted to help define how we make those decisions. The guidelines are modeled after a policy adopted by the Cape Cod Chamber of […]

September Infrastructure: Climate Change and Seal Deterrence

Following up on the Infrastructure Committee’s August meeting, committee members looked into resources for finding public WiFi on the Cape for use by students and others needing connection. One solution they found is an app called WiFi Map.  At the time of the September meeting, there were 53 hotspots listed on the app in Barnstable, […]

August Infrastructure: requested letters of support

At its July meeting the Infrastructure Committee voted to recommend to the Tech Council Board that we send a letter in support of keeping the NOAA facility in Woods Hole, rather than moving it to New Bedford as suggested by Senator Kennedy. The board authorized the request and a letter of support was sent to […]

July Infrastructure: NOAA Fisheries Science Center

At the meeting in July, the Infrastructure Committee discussed a proposal by Congressman Kennedy to move NOAA Fisheries Science Center from Woods Hole to New Bedford. This is relevant to the Technology Council as it’s our mission to promote science technology and economic development on Cape Cod.  The committee circulated materials that were provided by […]

June Infrastructure: Comcast on the Cape

Comcast representatives Mike Galla, Jonathan DuBois, Michael Belcher, and Brian Jenson attended the Infrastructure Committee’s June meeting. They were invited as part of the Committee’s efforts to improve internet connectivity during this time of increased use. According to the representatives, Comcast is ensuring 24/7 network health, offering Internet Essentials, free Xfinity Wifi in public locations […]

May Infrastructure: exploring connectivity solutions

The subcommittee formed at the Infrastructure Committee’s April meeting reached out to Comcast about increasing broadband during this time when so many are relying on internet connections for work and school.  A representative from Comcast will attend the meeting in June. The committee looks forward to hearing what they may be able to do in […]

April Infrastructure: Life online

At its April meeting the Infrastructure Committee discussed recovery efforts for our community and how the Technology Council might be of assistance. We also heard that there is proposed funding for our bridges in the upcoming stimulus bill and have modest optimism that it will be a priority project. Committee members asked if businesses had […]

January Infrastructure: an app for public transportation

At its first meeting of 2020, the Infrastructure Committee learned about technological advancements at Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. The CCRTA is developing an app similar to Lyft or Uber. It provides the service of the current DART (Dial-A-Ride-Transportation) program, with drivers picking up passengers off-route, but does not require passengers to call 24 hours […]

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