BARNSTABLE – OpenCape, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Cape Cod’s 100 percent fiber optic network, has named Sean Gonsalves of Mashpee its board of directors.
Gonsalves is a senior reporter, editor and researcher for the Institute for Local Self Reliance’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative. Gonsalves reports for ILSR on municipal broadband networks and what communities nationwide are doing to close the digital divide.
Previously, Gonsalves was a reporter, columnist and news editor with the Cape Cod Times and a former nationally syndicated columnist in 22 newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, Kansas City Star and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Washington Post and the International Herald-Tribune.
“I’m honored to join the OpenCape Board,” he said. “Building twenty-first century infrastructure is really important to the region and to be involved with a group of people who are working to make that happen is exciting. :
In his current position at ILSR, Gonsalves said he is seeing and speaking to local officials and citizens across the country “who are very serious about addressing these issues in their communities and stepping up to tackle the planning, technical, and financial challenges associated with building community networks. I believe this will be helpful for OpenCape, in terms of learning more about best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid.”