Dan Gallagher is set to retire by the end of the year. And by then, if all goes according to plan, he will have saved Cape Cod from itself. As the volunteer CEO of the nonprofit OpenCape Corporation, Gallagher is months away from completing the installation of a fiber optic network that will run through every town on the Cape, enabling municipalities to communicate better and share resources, and businesses that rely on broadband Internet to relocate to the Cape.
At first glance, OpenCape’s purpose may seem straightforward: to provide a reliable Internet and phone service to network to a region suffering from a lackluster communications network. But Gallagher, the former information technology director at Cape Cod Community College, only sees these achievements as means to a broader end.