Changing the Paradigm of Broadband

Business Monadnock May 2014 - By Carole Monroe / Photography by Bill Gnade

New Hampshire FastRoads is an organization created through the work of two dedicated community committees: the eight-town rural area of the Upper Valley and the Keene Broadband Committee. During the past several years there have been many starts and stops in facilitating the expansion of broadband in rural New Hampshire, some contributing to temporary solutions and others more effective over the long haul.

NH FastRoads Completes Fiber-Optic Network

Keene, NH: New Hampshire FastRoads, LLC, announced today the completion of a 161 middle-mile, fiber- optic broadband network and 86 miles of last-mile fiber connections in western New Hampshire. This powerful broadband network connects 19 towns from Orford, NH through to Rindge, NH on the Massachusetts border. It provides fiber to the premise to 233 Community Anchor Institutions in 19 towns and 1,300 homes in Rindge and Enfield, NH.

Network New Hampshire Now Video

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Published on Jan 10, 2014

This exciting project will ensure that residents of ten counties in New Hampshire will be able to plug into a powerful future with internet connectivity. Network New Hampshire Now is funded by $44.5 million in economic stimulus money and matched with $22 million in private and in-kind funding.

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G4 Communications offers powerful Business Class Telecommunication Services to businesses, large and small, in rural NH over the

September 10, 2013 - G4 Communications of Manchester, NH and New Hampshire FastRoads (“FastRoads”) of Keene, NH signed a Network Access Agreement bringing a leading provider of high speed data and voice communications onto the New Hampshire FastRoads network. This move will offer fiber to the premises service creating more options for businesses and communities throughout 19 towns in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton counties.

BayRing Communications and NH FastRoads delivering service at the speed of light

August 26, 2013 - BayRing Communications (“BayRing”) of Portsmouth, NH and New Hampshire FastRoads (“FastRoads”) of Keene, NH signed a Network Access Agreement bringing a commercial regional service provider onto the New Hampshire FastRoads network. This move will offer fiber to the premises service creating more options for businesses and communities throughout 19 towns in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton counties.

Sovernet connects with N.H. network - The Brattleboro Reformer

From the Brattleboro Reformer

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff Brattleboro Reformer

Wednesday July 3, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- Sovernet Communications has finalized a network access agreement with a New Hampshire fiber project that will allow the Vermont-based communication company to expand its service in New Hampshire from the Massachusetts border north to the Upper Valley.
Sovernet is one of the first companies to sign an agreement with the New Hampshire Fastroads project, which is a subsidiary of Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.

NH FastRoads and Sovernet Communications to Deliver Fiber-based Services to Communities

June 25, 2013 (Bellows Falls, VT and Keene, NH) – Sovernet Communications (“Sovernet”) and Keene, New Hampshire FastRoads (“FASTROADS”) today finalized a Network Access Agreement bringing a well- established service provider in to the New Hampshire FastRoads project and placing Sovernet in a position to further expand its fiber service offerings across the border into the State of New Hampshire . The Agreements will allow Sovernet to utilize FASTROADS’ new fiber-optic communications network to provide Internet access and data transport services at speeds as high as 1 Gigabits per second to the 237 community anchor within the footprint of the FASTROADS project in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton counties of New Hampshire. Sovernet is currently delivering fiber based services at similar speeds in Vermont.

FASTROADS is currently in the final stages of building 247 miles of new fiber optics across 34 New Hampshire communities and is part of Network New Hampshire Now, a consortium of public institutions led by the University of New Hampshire that received a combined $44.5 million NTIA grant to bring internet connectivity to all ten counties in New Hampshire. The organizers of FASTROADS have chosen to operate the network on a wholesale open access model, not offering retail service directly to customers, but rather providing network access to broadband service providers. NH FastRoads is the only project with “last mile” connections of fiber directly to the premises of both residences and businesses. Fiber optic technology offers unsurpassed speed and quality of service with the ability to deliver internet broadband, clear voice over IP telephone service, video conferencing and high definition digital programming.

The Network Access Agreement between FASTROADS and Sovernet is the first such agreement for FASTROADS, ensuring its capability to deliver the advanced services for which the network has been designed, and dramatically expanding Sovernet’s reach and service availability within the twin state region. The interconnection between the Vermont and New Hampshire projects provide both networks greater redundancy and offers multi-location businesses on both sides of the Connecticut River, a single source provider of affordable gigabit speed services.

Calix 836GE Residential Services Gateway Extends Access Network into the Home

LAS VEGAS – October 24, 2012 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced the addition of the 836GE Residential Services Gateway (RSG) to the Calix Unified Access portfolio. With the 836GE RSG, communications service providers can extend their access networks into the subscriber’s home, acting as a central management hub for all broadband-enabled devices within the home. A fully managed network device, the 836GE RSG introduces the potential for service providers to generate new revenues through in-home services and enhance the quality of the subscribers’ broadband service experience. The 836GE RSG combines the functionality of a 700GE optical network terminal (ONT) with advanced selectable band 802.11n Wi-Fi and internal multi-input multi-output (MIMO) spatial diversity antennas. The 836GE RSG also features four gigabit Ethernet ports that can be provisioned to operate independently or in a full bridged mode, to support whole home DVR deployments. Initially, the 836GE RSG will be available as a point-to-point gigabit Ethernet premises device, but utilizing Calix auto-detect technology will be able to support GPON in an upcoming software release.

"The Town of Enfield, as a participant in New Hampshire FastRoads, is excited about working with Calix as we begin the residential build out of our fiber-to-the-home project," said Steve Schneider, town manager for the town of Enfield, New Hampshire. "The Calix 836GE RSG is an excellent fit for our open access network, which places an emphasis on flexibility and options for our residents."

Andrew Cohill, president and CEO of Design Nine, which designed and manages the New Hampshire FastRoads project added, "We conducted an extensive evaluation of several different vendor equipment solutions, and Calix demonstrated that their equipment is "open access ready" out of the box. Calix really understands what is needed to support a true open access network environment with multiple providers offering dozens of services."

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Julia Griffin and Wayne Gerson, Fast Roads Board members, on Rt. 10 with fiber installation in background.

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