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New Hampshire FastRoads Selects Calix to Extend Reach of Stimulus Project

PETALUMA, CA – July 23, 2012 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced that New Hampshire FastRoads (NH FastRoads) has selected the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) to provide point-to-point gigabit Ethernet services to underserved subscribers in 35 communities throughout the western part of the state. NH FastRoads has partnered with Network New Hampshire Now (NNHN), a 470-mile Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awarded fiber network project funded by a $44.5 million BTOP Broadband Stimulus grant and $21.5 million in private and in-kind support, to leverage existing infrastructure to bring advanced broadband services throughout the Upper Valley and Monadnock regions, including fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) projects in Rindge and Enfield. The combined efforts of NH FastRoads and NNHN in this new project will bring one of the nation’s premiere networks to rural western New Hampshire and keep this part of the state a vibrant location for innovative businesses, citizens, and educational institutions.

"New Hampshire as a whole has been underserved by broadband for years, with large portions of our population having to rely on dial-up and wireless services," said Carole Monroe, executive director of NH FastRoads. "This new fiber network will be a powerful tool to further the economic development of the state that began with the NNHN middle-mile project, while continuing to improve the lives of our existing residents and businesses and attract new business to the area. Calix, with its broad experience with fiber access networks and deep understanding of stimulus projects, will be a true asset in the delivery of advanced services to residents and the extension of fiber across the region."

In the News: Internet Project Speeds Up

By Kaitlin Mulhere Sentinel Staff
View the full article on the New Hampshire Sentinal Source

A project to bring high-speed Internet connections to rural homes and businesses in the western part of the state is moving along.

Keene-based New Hampshire FastRoads announced this week it has secured $2.2 million of matching funds to move forward with its Internet broadband infrastructure project.

NH FastRoads Secures Match Funding for Broadband Project

Keene, NH: New Hampshire FastRoads, LLC, announced today that it has privately raised over $2.2 million to match the $5.5 million federal grant it received to build a fiber optic network in western New Hampshire.

New Hampshire FastRoads, an LLC of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation in Keene, received a federal stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program to build out the network to unserved and underserved communities in western New Hampshire. The initial phases of this project will link fiber optic cable from Orford to Rindge, connecting 220 community institutions (such as schools, hospitals, and municipal buildings) in the towns and cities along its path as well as 1,300 residences and businesses in designated underserved areas of Rindge and Enfield.

A world connected only by dial-up

This article appeared in the Dec. 20, 2011, edition of the Ledger-Transcript.

http://www.ledgertranscript.com/article/world-connected-only-by-dial-up

In an era of booming online commerce, local businesses struggle to connect

By Jessica Camille Aguirre

Ken Callahan has been selling used books since 1975. Callahan and Company Booksellers specializes in out-of-print hunting and fishing guides, and has historically relied on mail-order service for the bulk of its profits. A few years ago, Callahan’s business model began to buckle. The things he had always done — going to the post office to look up zip codes, for example — began to take a painstakingly long time. But it wasn’t because he was slowing down. It was because the world around him was speeding up. In a world of fiber-optic Internet connections and 4G networks, Callahan was still using dial-up. And he needed something faster.

“I spent huge amounts of time, wasted time, just trying to get a signal,” Callahan said recently. “And time is money.”

Callahan lives on Route 123 in Sharon, a hilly town where inconsistent Internet coverage has the capacity to give small business owners heart palpitations.

Cable service is unavailable throughout the town; DSL was also not an option until about a year ago, when the service provider FairPoint activated DSL coverage for about 50 percent of residents, according to Sharon Administrative Assistant Chet Bowles.

It’s a dilemma that plagues many towns in the Monadnock region, whose sparse populous and uneven terrain make infrastructure for high-speed Internet a dubious investment for providers. In an economy increasingly driven by web transactions and businesses with an online presence, outmoded connections are putting local business owners at a disadvantage.

New Hampshire FastRoads Selects Waveguide to Engineer and Construct Broadband Network in Western NH

Project Will Provide Access to 1,300 Homes in Rindge and Enfield, and 220 Community Anchor institutions from Orford to Rindge.

KEENE, N.H. – October 28, 2011 – New Hampshire FastRoads, LLC, has selected Waveguide of Chelmsford, Mass. and Nashua, NH, to build out a network that will bring broadband Internet access to citizens, schools, government offices and businesses in underserved Western New Hampshire.
With the engineering and construction services of Waveguide, FastRoads is creating an open access fiber optic network with two components:

New Hampshire FastRoads appoints Carole Monroe as Executive Director

Monroe brings 30 years of technology and leadership experience
to broadband initiative for Western New Hampshire

KEENE, N.H. – August 3, 2011 – New Hampshire FastRoads LLC, a limited liability company of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, today announced it has appointed Carole D. Monroe as Executive Director to lead the delivery of high-speed broadband to New Hampshire’s Monadnock and Upper Valley regions.

News Coverage: FastRoads Project Featured in Broadband Communities Roundup

The FastRoads project is listed under the Collaborative Projects in New England section in they May/June issue of Broadband Communities. Click the link below to download the article.

News Coverage: FastRoads broadband project making progress

By Robert Michaelson
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

An organization aiming to speed up connections in underserved sections of western New Hampshire has begun to move forward in implementing an improved broadband infrastructure in the region.

New Hampshire Fast-Roads has awarded a design and project management contract to Design Nine for the development of its regional network and is currently seeking an engineering firm to build it.

Design Nine will design the next-generation fiber network that will bring high-speed broadband, including Internet access, to the Upper Valley and Monadnock regions of New Hampshire. The company will provide network architecture design and mapping services, as well as assist FastRoads in all facets of project planning, including environmental assessment, bidding, procurement, quality assurance and regulatory permitting, among many other responsibilities.

Click here to read the full article in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

New Hampshire FastRoads, LLC took the next step in bringing high-speed broadband to western New Hampshire

KEENE, NH – March 31, 2011 – New Hampshire FastRoads, LLC took the next step in bringing high-speed broadband to western New Hampshire, issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking an engineering firm to build the network.

New Hampshire FastRoads Begins First Phase of High-Speed Broadband Network Project

Awards Design and Project Management Contract to Design Nine, Inc.

KEENE, NH – March 24, 2011 – New Hampshire FastRoads, LLC, an organization bringing high-speed broadband to western New Hampshire, began the first phase of its project today when it awarded a design and project management contract for the development of its regional broadband network.

Design Nine will design a next-generation fiber network that will bring high-speed broadband, including Internet access, to the Upper Valley and Monadnock Regions of New Hampshire. It will include “last-mile” network projects in Rindge and Enfield, NH, and “middle-mile” projects delivering fiber network access to 20 towns and 220 Community Anchor Institutions in the area.

Design Nine will provide network architecture design and mapping services, as well as assist FastRoads in all facets of project planning, including environmental assessment, bidding, procurement, quality assurance and regulatory permitting, among many other responsibilities. The network design will begin immediately, with construction of the first phase of the network to be completed in Spring 2012.

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