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

Jun 22, 2020

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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.

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