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NH Electric Co-op tries again to add internet broadband to its services

NH Electric Co-op tries again to add internet broadband to its services
PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The state’s highest-profile push for rural broadband is trying again, and this time the folks in charge are on board.New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, which serves 115 mostly rural towns, including portions of several communities in...

Subscribe Donate NH Electric Co-op tries again to add internet broadband to its services New Hampshire Electric Cooperative service map By DAVID BROOKS Concord Monitor Published: 9/20/2020 9:06:15 PM Modified: 9/20/2020 9:13:36 PM PLYMOUTH, N.New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, which serves 115 mostly rural towns, including portions of several communities in the Upper Valley, is trying again to add delivering broadband internet to its core mission of delivering electricity.New Hampshire has been lamenting lack of rural internet access almost since the internet was invented, but the surge in working at home and remote schooling has given it new impetus.New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, based in Plymouth, is preparing two broadband pilot projects, in Lempster and the Colebrook area where it owns the utility poles, using $6.

Changing the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s bylaws is necessary, officials say, because otherwise the board can’t make broadband-related capital investments without getting voter approval, which would slow the process and probably make it more expensive.The co-op’s plan would use fiber-optic cables to connect directly to homes, allowing speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.

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