Falmouth Business Gigabit Project
OpenCape Brings Reliable, Affordable Internet to the Main Street Business Communities of Falmouth & Woods Hole
Last year, Falmouth EDIC and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce approached OpenCape on behalf of Falmouth Main Street merchants who were having consistent difficulties related to internet connectivity. At times unable to even run credit cards for sales, these local businesses were suffering due to slow or intermittent internet.
Together, we looked at solutions to connect existing and new businesses to OpenCape’s 100% fiber network. As part of OpenCape’s Main Streets Initiative, the Falmouth Business Gigabit Project, so called because connected businesses will have access to a shared Gigabit of Internet, includes connections to the downtown area and is also scalable for all of the Falmouth region, including Woods Hole, to support a wide swath of Falmouth Chamber of Commerce members.
After researching a variety of funding opportunities to make the initiative affordable to the business community, we and our partners collaborated with MassDevelopment to be their initial recipients of a newly launched loan program, TechDollars, which helps nonprofit organizations in the state implement regional technology initiatives. In addition our partnership worked with Falmouth’s statehouse delegation to secure a grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s Mass Office of Business Development to complete the necessary funding package.
OpenCape, Falmouth EDIC and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce have done an extensive amount of development, planning and community outreach to be able to embark on the Falmouth Business Gigabit Project in September 2019, bringing progressive connectivity to Falmouth area business, reliably and at an affordable price.
Starting on September 19, 2019, you will have the opportunity to apply to connect affordably with the OpenCape Network, which offers the fastest, most reliable internet in our region.
Through the creation of this initiative and its funding, we are able to offer the first sixty-two business network connections for free. If your business is not one of the initial 62 sign-ups, there are three connection cost options:
Pay the total connection cost immediately (approximately $500-$800)
Pay your connection fee over the first 12 months of service
Join the waiting list for the Community Connection Fund
Using 50 thousand of our TechDollars, we created The Community Connection Fund as a collaborative funding mechanism to provide connections for new or existing businesses that want to be able to utilize the high-speed and reliable OpenCape Network. Falmouth customers, OpenCape, the EDIC and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, will work collaboratively to replenish this fund in order to allow future businesses to connect affordably. This is part of our community-focused mission, helping to create an environment that will attract and keep a variety of local businesses in Falmouth and revitalize the Main Street corridor.
On a first come, first served basis, our online-only sign up system for the Falmouth Business Gigabit Project, will go live Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 am. We anticipate significant demand for these free connections and recommend businesses act fast to submit their documents.
Starting then, businesses who are ready for OpenCape’s high-speed and reliable internet, can fill out the online form (eligibility conditions will apply). When your completed online form is received, you will be placed on a list for review, and will receive an automated email from OpenCape confirming that your signup form has been received. Once you have been verified as an eligible business entity (in one to two business days), you will be placed on OpenCape’s connection list and receive a follow-up email that formalizes your service order and provides you with additional details, including your place on our connection list.
As connection applicants are accumulated, OpenCape will reach out to you to schedule the build and set connection dates for your business, as well as answer any questions you may have at that time.
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