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Some Facts About New Hampshire’s Infrastructure:New Hampshire has approximately 17,000 miles of state and town roads, turnpikes and interstate highways. There are 3,795 bridges in the state. As of 2010, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation plowed more than 800 lane miles of roads and put down 180,000 tons of salt for snow and ice control annually.The state was given a “C” grade by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the condition of its roads and bridges. New Hampshire was rated among the worst in the country for the poor condition of its bridges by Transportation For America. On average, bridges are older in New Hampshire than those in the rest of the country. There are hundreds of bridges on the so-called “red list,” which means that the bridges have major structural problems and need to be repaired or replaced.The state also has a poor record when it comes to public transportation. New Hampshire has no comprehensive rail system and is rated 42nd in terms of investment in public transportation according to the State Department of Transportation.The majority of New Hampshire’s infrastructure funding comes from vehicle registration fees and gas taxes. The state takes out fewer bond loans than other states and considers its funding a “pay as you go” system. The gas tax, the lowest in New England, has not been raised since 1991. The 2011 Legislature did away with a motor vehicle fee increase. That change has meant more $30 million a year in cuts to DOT.The $800 million expansion of I-93 from Salem to Manchester began in 2006, but has been delayed several times because of a lack of funding. Supporters of the expansion say it will update one of the country’s most congested highways and bring needed tourism revenue to the more isolated and less economically robust northern part of the state. Traffic on I-93 has increased 600 percent since the highway was built in the 1960s and approximately 80,000 cars now drive on it each day.Summary provided by StateImpact NH

Broadband Development in the Granite State

Tony Webster

Broadband, which connects homes, businesses, and schools to high speed internet, has been developing throughout the state, including in rural areas for several years. Which areas are still lacking access, and why? What is the importance of providing proper internet access to schools and places where businesses will develop? We'll delve into how broadband infrastructure works, and where it is working, in New Hampshire.


  • Carol Miller - Director of Broadband Technology for the Division of Economic Development, which is part of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED).
  • Ellen Scarponi - Senior Director of Economic Development at FairPoint Communications, she is based in New Hampshire.
  • Brian Shepperd - Director of Broadband Services for UNH.
  • Scott Valcourt -  Director of Strategic Technology at UNH, and principal investigator of Network New Hampshire Now.

Additional Reading And Information:

I Want Broadband NHis a resource from the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, which determined which areas of the state have which broadband capabilities, and also provides information about how much internet access is necessary for different uses. You can read about past and current projects, and also find out the speeds for your area. 

The Broadband Center of Excellence at UNH provides information regarding the comprehensive research and goals of broadband development throughout the state. 

New Hampshire Broadband Learning Resources includes further information about broadband technology throughout New Hampshire. 

A recent article from the Keene Sentinel, "One more change for Legislature to make broadband available" discusses current legislation that would allow communities to work together to find access. 

FairPoint Communicationsoffers information for customers about their service and what might be available to them. 

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