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New Hampshire Electric Co-op Focuses On Broadband At Annual Meeting

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Broadband was a central focus of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op’s annual meeting on Monday.

While a vote to include facilitating broadband access in the co-op's bylaws failed last week, many members still see it as a priority for the non-profit.

Co-op CEO Steve Camerino told members they're looking at available federal and state funds to expand broadband access. He says there are a few ways this could happen.

“That involves the co-op either itself accessing those funds or facilitating the access to them by others to increase the probability that someone will provide service in the co-op’s territory,” he says.

That territory covers nine out of the state's ten counties.

Governor Chris Sununu recently announced that $50 million from the federal CARES Act would be available for broadband projects.

The co-op board will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss those state funds as a potential option.

Daniela is an editor in NHPR's newsroom. She leads NHPR's Spanish language news initiative, ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? and the station's climate change reporting project, By Degrees. You can email her at dallee@nhpr.org.

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