Broadband coming to two more N.H. Electric Cooperative towns

Published: 7/22/2021 7:23:10 PM
Broadband coming to two more towns

High speed internet over fiber optic cables will be available to every home in Sandwich and Acworth by next year, the latest expansion in New Hampshire Electric Cooperative’s service area.

The two towns have signed agreements with NH Broadband, the nonprofit subsidiary of NHEC, to cooperate in building a high-speed fiber-optic broadband network.

NH Broadband officials say that by “early 2022” they will offer 100 megabit-per-second (Mbps) service for $49.95 a month and gigabit-per-second connections for $89.95, available to any residential customers who get electric service. NHEC will charge a $150 hookup fee but will not require a locked-in contract.

Last year, the cooperative included broadband internet among the services it aims to provide and rolled out fiber-to-the-home service in four small western NH towns: Lempster, Clarksville, Colebrook and Stewartstown.

The NHEC board has authorized $90 million of its capital and borrowing ability and is seeking to use a portion of $121 million for state rural broadband development under the federal American Rescue Plan act.

David Brooks




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