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

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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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