Community wireless network on Cape Cod

Christie Smythe of the Cape Code Times writes that the Cape Cod Technology Council received a $136,000 grant to set up the Cape’s first community-wide wireless network in Orleans to be operated by Cape.com which is based in Mashpee.Christie Smythe of the Cape Code Times writes that the Cape Cod Technology Council received a $136,000 grant to set up the Cape’s first community-wide wireless network in Orleans to be operated by Cape.com which is based in Mashpee.

The project would be a pilot for a ”wireless village” model that the technology council hopes to ”franchise” to other towns eventually. ”What we’re looking at is how to have a Wi-Fi cloud over the entire Cape,” Martin said.

A lot of areas that are popular with tourists are setting up free Wi-Fi in public spaces as an amenity. Because many people need access to email and the Internet (like me), it is a service that is much appreciated not only by residents who live in areas that have access only to dial-up service, but also by visitors. Many visitors would stay longer if only they could do their work remotely.

To read the rest of the Cape Cod Times article, click here.

Comments

  1. This is an exciting project. We’re trying to develop a model that works in our regional communities, trying to find a sustainable structure, and the balance between business and community needs. I’d welcome hearing feedback etc. from others working on like projects.

    Teresa Martin
    Executive Director, Cape Cod Technology Council

  2. Alan A. Reiter says:

    It’s great that Cape Cod is starting a municipal WiFi network. However, it’s almost impossible to find any information about it on the Web.

    I wrote about this in my http://www.PracticalCapeCod.com weblog, including more than half a dozen suggestions for how the Cape’s WiFi efforts could be (should be) promoted:

    http://www.practicalcapecod.com/2006/03/orleans_develop.html

  3. Janet HALL says:

    I rent a year round site at Maurice’s Campground in South Wellfleet. My Apple Airport detects a network called “Wireless on the Cape”. It then requests a WEP password. The campground owners have no information about this. Is there any way to find out who owns the network and ask if I might use it?

  4. Russell Schell says:

    Do you have a reference for the current status of the municipal WiFi initiative?