BARNSTABLE — OpenCape Corporation, the Barnstable-based nonprofit technology company that owns and operates the region’s 100 percent fiber-optic network, has signed a letter of commitment with CapeBuilt Development, LLC to provide 100 percent fiber residential internet service at its 255 Main project in Hyannis.
CapeBuilt is completing its renovation of the historic Hyannis Board of Trade building at the intersection of Center and Main streets. The building will include 10 residential units on the second and third floors, above 3,500 square feet of office/retail space on the first floor that is slated for CapeBuilt’s offices and a new neighborhood café. OpenCape is working with CapeBuilt to outfit and enable fiber connectivity throughout the building.
“It is incredibly fitting that 255 Main will be the very first fiber enabled residential units on Cape Cod,” said OpenCape CEO Steven Johnston. “As we looked for ideal locations to pilot residential service, this location was an excellent fit based on our goals and objectives for the Hyannis downtown area.”
Reflecting on how access to the internet has emerged as a critical necessity during the stay at home advisory recently implemented at the end of March Massachusetts, Johnston feels that the past few weeks have shown that it will be imperative for individuals to be able to effectively work remotely in the future.
“The only way that becomes truly possible is to ensure that they have access to robust, reliable and affordable internet connectivity in their homes,” he said.
Residents at 255 Main will have access to a shared gigabit for less than $68 a month, (a cost that CapeBuilt is including as part of the first year rent at 255 Main), and will also have the ability to utilize VOIP phone service and the ability to stream any digital media service.
Johnston said this collaboration was only the beginning for OpenCape in terms of supporting Fiber To The Home initiatives on the Cape, the Islands and in Southeastern Massachusetts.
“Our goal is to pick a handful of projects like 255 Main to use as examples for towns who are considering building their own fiber networks and connecting them to the OpenCape Network,” he added.
For more information please visit www.opencape.org