Fiber optic’s stepchild is us


To the Editor:

No one doubts the benefits of a fiber-optic system for Cape Cod. Vineyarders long for the same system here.

OpenCape’s mission statement represents itself for the Cape and Islands. The approval of the initial $32 million in funding was a direct result of the inclusion of Chappaquiddick and Gosnold into the application.

Dan Gallagher’s previous advertisement for the OpenCape project and the recent editorial by the MV Times fail to answer some essential questions.

What percentage of the total $40 million will be spent on the Vineyard as compared to the Cape? How was Martha’s Vineyard included in the planning for the system implementation and resource allocation?

The answers are simple.

1. There was little due diligence afforded Martha’s Vineyard in the process. Microwave is a poor man’s 20th-century solution for a 21st-century MV. It does not allow for bundled services as compared to a fiber-optic system. As mentioned in previous Letters to the Editor by the West Tisbury representatives, there was little input from M.V., despite the fact that the grant would have likely failed without the inclusion of the islands.

2. What money has been made available to any of thetowns for infrastructure to get the signal from the proposed towers? In reality, OpenCape has only to plop the towers in to fulfill their contractual obligation to the state in order to secure the additional $8 million in funding they were granted. There is no proposal to extend the system to our homes, schools or businesses.

3. When Mr. Gallagher was presented with a requestto reallocate a small portion of funds to allow for an extension of existing cable systems to reach unserved areas, he refused to consider it.

One would have hoped that M.V. would have been a partner in the process rather than a stepchild. The MV Times presents a short-sighted vision for the future of M.V., if they wish to advocate for a microwaveinfrastructure to support our educational, personal and business needs for the 21st century.

Dennis Goldin