January Infrastructure: ARPA funding priorities

At its January meeting the Infrastructure Committee discussed how to respond to the Barnstable County Commissioners’ request for comment regarding priorities for the $41.3 million dollars of federal grant funds allocated to Barnstable County from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”). The 15 towns of Barnstable County will also receive $26.1 million in ARPA funds. […]

December Infrastructure: from FalmouthNet to Provincetown’s battery back-up

At the Infrastructure Committee’s November meeting, Cape Light Compact requested a letter of support regarding the Department of Public Utilities’ review of their existing plan. The Tech Council Board approved this request and the Committee sent its comments to the DPU. The Board of Advisors to FalmouthNet recently hosted a presentation by Jim Ballard, a […]

Cape Light Compact Energy Efficiency Plan – CCTC issues comments to Dept. of Public Utilities

December 3, 2021 Mark D. Marini, Secretary Department of Public Utilities One South Station, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02110 RE:       Cape Light Compact JPE 2022-2024 Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan (D.P.U. 21-126) Dear Secretary Marini, I am writing on behalf of the Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc. (“CCTC”) in response to the request from the Department […]

November Infrastructure: Vineyard Wind and Cape Light Compact updates

At its November meeting, the Infrastructure Committee had updates from Vineyard Wind and Cape Light Compact. Nathaniel Mayo and Rosalie DeCosta of Vineyard Wind presented an update on current projects, including the Vineyard Wind 1 project which the Tech Council has supported. Vineyard Wind is in partnership with Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Parnters. They […]

October Infrastructure: Air Quality & MA Energy Efficiency Plan

At the Infrastructure Committee’s October meeting Dr. Jane Ward shared information from a talk she gave to the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Jane’s talk on air quality referenced the 1918 flu pandemic, when they ran out of room in hospitals and set up tent clinics in Boston. As the pandemic progressed, patients who […]

CCTC Letter Supports Cape & Vineyard Electrification Offering

September 23, 2021 Honorable Michael Barret, Senate Chair Honorable Jeffry Roy, House Chair Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy State House Boston, Massachusetts 02133 Dear Chair Barrett, Chair Roy, and Members of the Committee, I am writing on behalf of the Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc. (“CCTC”). I am submitting this letter in support […]

New YouTube series by CCTC Member Jim Johnson: Wisdom Wednesdays

The first Wisdom Wednesday show is on The Philosophy & Ethics of Cybersecurity.  The guest and speaker is Thornton May.  Thornton is a noted speaker, author, and futurist. He is the Founder at The Digital Value Institute.  Joining the panel is Harry Scott, software entrepreneur, and angel investor Allan Salek, Program Leader: Complex, High-Risk or […]

September Infrastructure: Broadband resources

At the September meeting of the Infrastructure Committee, sub-committee members submitted a list of helpful articles and links to broadband resources to share on the Tech Council’s webpage. While it is not intended as a comprehensive list, it gives a sense of some of the resources available, including information on how to contact local Town […]

July Infrastructure: FalmouthNet

We heard from two sub-committees at the Infrastructure Committee’s July meeting: The Broadband subcommittee has compiled a list of resources to be added to the Tech Council website. This list in progress will give specific examples of local broadband initiatives and how they were accomplished, including Massachusetts Broadband Institute and municipal networks. There will also […]

Lessons Learned from 2020 Provide a Springboard for Increased Telehealth Adoption

At our Feb 2020 First Friday Dr. Joe Kvedar talked about the future of telemedicine. At that time it still seemed to be years away from broad implementation. He joined us again in the summer of 2020 for an update, out of necessity adoption had been accelerated far faster than could have been imagined. Here, […]