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Thursday, January 28, 2010

No stimulus funding announced for NH broadband

No broadband proposals in New Hampshire have received stimulus funding so far, although at least one North Country proposal is still in play.

Plans by the University of New Hampshire and two of three proposals by FairPoint Communications failed to get funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is releasing information about stimulus funds for high-speed Internet expansion.

The state Division of Economic Development has not heard of any New Hampshire proposals that were recently accepted, said spokesman Steve Boucher.

The Bretton Woods Telephone Company last year received a $985,000 USDA Rural Development grant to provide high-speed, two-way broadband service to more than 400 households, businesses and institutions.

No ruling has yet been made on one FairPoint request, for $1.3 million to help provide a fast version of DSL to about 2,400 connections in northern Grafton County.

The biggest broadband proposal in the state, for about $46 million, had been put forward by UNH. It would have expanded broadband in a variety of areas of the state where high-speed Internet is limited. It did not receive funding, according to announcements from the NTIA.

– DAVID BROOKS