Falmouth EDIC Approves Funds for Fiber Optic Network Study

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) has voted to commit funds to further explore the idea of creating a community-based fiber optic network.

The board unanimously approved a motion, committing $50,000. The vote came during the EDIC's meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

Propelled by internet outages and high service costs, a group of five residents organized a public meeting to gauge interest in a community-based form of internet connection. A fiber optic network uses light to send information, running over thin strands of glass. OpenCape, a nonprofit, has already built a fiber-optic "loop" in Falmouth, connecting municipal buildings, schools, emergency services, and some employers. Discussions about a community-based fiber optic network focus on building-out the "last mile."

Over 80 residents attended a public meeting at the main branch of the Falmouth Public Library on June 4.

"It was a packed room, lots of interest, so we feel we want to build on that momentum," said Courtney Bird, one of the organizers of the initial meeting.

The next step is funding a feasibility study to explore the level of interest, possible network offerings, who might run and operate the network, and how it could get funded, said Art Gaylord, another one of the organizers.

Christopher Simmler, acting chairman of the EDIC, asked whether proponents of the study had explored other funding options, such as grants. Mr. Gaylord said they were not aware of possible grants, but that finding, applying for, and securing grants might draw out the process. To read more of this article click here.

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