In a first for NH, town pays to get fiber broadband for all
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Since the days when 1,200 baud modems were called “fast,” New Hampshire has been lamenting how hard it is to get good online service outside of cities. Chesterfield, a small town on the Connecticut River west of Keene, might have found the way to finally make it happen.
Chesterfield is the first town to take advantage of a new state law that lets communities issue bonds to pay for broadband connections, just as they’ve long issued bonds to build highways, sewer lines and schools. Voters in March approved a $1.8 million bond and will string fiber to every home and business in this community of 3,500 people in a public-private partnership with Consolidated Communications, the successor to Fairpoint.