FastRoads set to go live in November; sign up ongoing

RINDGE — Internet customers across Rindge are expected to experience a significant upgrade in potential connection speeds and reliability as the N.H. FastRoads broadband network lights up from Keene to Rindge in the coming weeks.

For local people used to the download speeds associated with dial-up, DSL and cable internet, the difference will be dramatic, says New Hampshire FastRoads Executive Director Carole Monroe. “Our mission is to transform the economies and quality of life for rural New Hampshire, and we’re succeeding. This open-access network can easily deliver 1,000 megabytes per second to each connected home or business,” she explains, unlike the 15 megabytes per second limit of DSL or 50 megabytes per second via cable.

For users, the upgrade is expected to improve video and voice streaming, teleconferencing, e-commerce, cloud computing, data streaming, distance learning, high-definition video conferencing and more.

Monroe says FastRoads is currently working in partnership with two area service providers to provide Internet, voice and broadband services to both residences and community “anchor institutions,” such as libraries, police stations and hospitals. Sovernet can deliver services to educational, municipal and business clients, while WiValley is ready to serve Rindge and Enfield residences along with municipalities and businesses.

“With the addition of fiber from New Hampshire FastRoads,” says Monroe, “we’re already seeing a positive impact for area consumers through lower prices and higher bandwidth proposals to businesses and community institutions of all sizes.”

While some customers are already hooked up, Monroe says that people and businesses in the area who haven’t signed up may check their eligibility and start the sign-up process by visiting the FastRoads website at www.newhampshirefastroads.net. She explains, “Residential customers from Enfield or Rindge will need to complete a non-binding Connection License Agreement, which they can download at our site, fill out and return to their town office, or scan and email back to us.”

Following an extensive network design process, FastRoads has spent this past year installing the infrastructure for the network, stringing fiber optic cables on poles. With significant sections of Rindge about to go live, Monroe says that the full network from Rindge to Orford, New Hampshire will be complete by November.

FastRoads is a LLC under Monadnock Economic Development Corporation in Keene. With funding provided by the N.H. Community Development Finance Authority, the Department of Commerce — Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, a consortium of local community banks, New Hampshire Business Finance Authority and others, a regional 247 mile fiber-optic network has been built in western New Hampshire to deliver gigabit broadband to community anchor institutions, businesses, and residents.

FastRoads is an open access last-mile wholesale provider to broadband service providers. Open access is expected to make for competitive pricing. 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, see www.newhampshirefastroads.net.

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