A Win - Win for Falmouth - Letter
A growing body of Falmouth residents envision a fiber optic community internet access network that’s faster, more failure-resistant and less expensive than today’s commercial offerings, with better customer service, too.
Recently the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation approved funds for a study on how to build such a network. The study would explore how to finance the Falmouth network, whether it would actually have advantages over Verizon and Comcast services, how many customers the network could attract, how long it would take to build, and what mix of technologies it would use. It would also gather public input and solicit comments about services, pricing, availability and other concerns; after all, it would be our network.
Of course there are questions about such an undertaking, as there should be for any multimillion-dollar public project. Are current and planned Comcast and Verizon services good enough? Is OpenCape the right builder/operator? Should we charter a light and power district to run the network (as several western Massachusetts towns have done)? Or should we partner with a private company that’s in business to build and run networks for communities? To read more of this letter click here.