Towns move to build municipal broadband connections
BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is building the infrastructure to support its own municipal broadband network.
The Concord Monitor reports Bristol residents voted to pass a measure providing nearly $100,000 for a three-mile fiber connection through the town’s business district. Officials expect another $33,000 next year along with a grant to complete the project.
Gov. Chris Sununu passed legislation last summer that allows municipalities to post bonds to build broadband connections.
The town hopes the network will make government more efficient, improve residential internet connectivity and attract businesses.
There’s a similar system in Maine called the Three Ring Binder which links rural parts of the state with a fiber connection.
Town Manager Nick Coates says the concept is “uncharted territory in New Hampshire.”
Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com