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.

Sovernet CEO Rich Kendall commented, “This strategic partnership with New Hampshire FastRoads is a natural extension of Sovernet’s long-established presence in the Upper Valley, southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire. We are eager to work with the FASTROADS’ team, and their community anchor institutions, through this strong combination of a superior fiber network and Sovernet’s full voice and data product suite. Together, we will provision the most reliable telecommunication services available in the industry today.”

FASTROADS Executive Director Carole Monroe comments, “Bringing on the network’s first provider is a large step forward. We expect with the cooperation between our two organizations, that the

FASTROADS anchor sites will not only be connected in the near future, but have a quality suite of voice and data service to choose from.”

Jack Dugan, President of Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, Keene, NH added, “Successful economic development relies on a network of fiber capable of providing true, ubiquitous broadband for the residents and businesses of the Monadnock Region. After years of work to achieve this goal, FastRoads is partnering with the best service providers, such as Sovernet, to deliver on the promise of fast, affordable, and reliable access we need to reach the world from our homes and work. Partnering ensures the availability of both speed and quality of internet services that will facilitate economic growth and create new jobs in a knowledge based economy. "

Sovernet will be arranging appointments with the New Hampshire partner community anchor institutions sites to confirm the suite of services they wish to purchase. Questions or interest may be directed to Gregg Noble at gnoble@sover.net or 802.460.9139.

About FASTROADS

FASTROADS, is a collaboration of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, the 34 towns of the Monadnock region and WCNH.net (the eight towns of the Upper Valley–Lake Sunapee region). The FASTROADS network is a component of the University System of New Hampshire’s “Network New Hampshire Now” project, which was awarded federal grant funding through the federal Recovery Act Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program administered by the U.S Department of Commerce. The FASTROADS network will provide fiber-based broadband services to homes in Rindge and Enfield, New Hampshire, Over 237 community anchor institutions in southwest New Hampshire. FASTROADS will offer wholesale access to broadband service providers such as Sovernet.

FASTROADS' goal is to ensure that the region’s businesses, institutions and residents have the right infrastructure to support jobs and sustainable economic development. For more information please visit www.newhampshirefastroads.net.

About Sovernet

Founded in 1995, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. The company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, Vermont with facilities throughout Vermont and southwest New Hampshire Sovernet is in the final stages of constructing a 900 mile fiber optic network in Vermont, with funding through the federal BTOP program, and the State of Vermont, that will provide fiber-based services to over 340 Vermont community institutions such as public libraries, public safety agencies, municipalities, State of Vermont offices, K-12 and post-secondary schools and healthcare institutions. ION, an Albany NY-based subsidiary of Sovernet, operates a 3,000 mile fiber transport network in New York State, and is also nearing completion of a BTOP-funded fiber network. Sovernet Communications has provided alternative telecom and data services to the incumbent provider within New Hampshire on a statewide basis over the past 5 years. For more information please visit www.sovernet.com and www.vermontfiberconnect.com.

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