Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

Date: 1 Apr 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economies. Two recent decisions, in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, underscore why land use planning matters and how smart policies can strengthen the local economy and protect good jobs.… Read More

OpenCape: Local Ideas to Maximize Fiber Infrastructure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The OpenCape Network launched about eight months ago to bring better middle mile connectivity to Cape Cod. Reporter Sean Gonsalves explored other possibilities for the 350-mile infrastructure in a recent Cape Cod Online article. Gonsalves spoke with OpenCape CEO Dan Vorthems. The network was funded with $32 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants … Read More

CapeNet Celebrates Launch

Date: 18 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

CapeNet is officially open throughout Cape Cod. Cape Cod Today reports Governor Deval Patrick, President of Massachusetts’ Senate Therese Murray, and State Senator Dan Wolf spoke on June 14th at an official event titled “This Changes Everything.” Planning for the new fiber network began seven years ago as a joint idea between Cape Cod Community College … Read More

Comcast Cuts Deal in Cape Cod as OpenCape Deployment Continues

Date: 22 May 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

CapeCodToday, recently ran two interviews relating to OpenCape, the publicly owned network nearing completion in Massachusetts. The interviews follow a belated March press release from Comcast, announcing its new service contract with Cape Cod Community College (CCCC). Like some others familiar with the project, we were surprised to see the college choosing Comcast for connectivity instead … Read More

OpenCape Update – First Stretch Scheduled for Testing By the End of the Month

Date: 23 Dec 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After six years in the making, the OpenCape network is soon to be delivering services. According to a Sandwich Wicked Local article, town selectmen were informed on December 6th that the Brockton-to-Plymouth stretch of the network will be activated before the end of 2012 for testing. We brought you detailed news of the $40 million project … Read More

Cape Cod Coalition Promotes Local Ownership

Date: 1 Feb 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

"Now you know who really has your interests at heart," reads a recent advertisement in the Cape Cod Times that explains that a locally owned business returns a much larger share of its revenue to the local economy compared to an absentee-owned chain. The ad is part of a series of ads published in Cape Cod newspapers last fall by a new grassroots organization called the Smart Planning and Growth Coalition (SPGC).… Read More

Big Box Stores Drain City Revenue, Study Finds

Date: 1 Feb 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Big box retail, shopping centers, and fast-food restaurants cost taxpayers more than they produce in revenue, according to a fiscal impact analysis in Barnstable, Massachusetts. The study, conducted by Tischler & Associates, compares the tax revenue generated by different kinds of residential and commercial development with the actual cost of providing public services for each land use. Barnstable is a community of 48,000 people on Cape Cod.… Read More