Soon any business or government agency that resides in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod or the Islands will be to take advantage of a newly minted 300-mile fiber-based open access network courtesy of RCN Metro and Open Cape Corporation. Open Cape will apply for a $40 million grant under the federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Grant (BTOP) program. Under the terms of the agreement, RCN Metro will build and manage the open access fiber network.
Intended to spur economic development in the region, RCN will build and manage operations for the regional open access network. Businesses, public safety and even other last mile broadband providers will be able to connect to the OpenCape network to transport data within the region it will serve and then to an Internet backbone in both Boston and Providence, R.I.
- Here's the official release
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