CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A project that was mostly funded with federal stimulus money to expand broadband Internet access throughout New Hampshire has added 865 miles of new fiber-optic network cable that snake through all 10 counties, leaders said Friday.
The $63 million Network New Hampshire Now project, led by the University of New Hampshire, was funded with $44.5 million in federal stimulus money and $18.3 million in private support. The new cable network exceeded project goals by more than 300 miles.
At a ceremony Friday, government, business and University of New Hampshire leaders said the project was a good example of how a public-private partnership should work and sets the state up to attract and maintain employers, create jobs and improve education. Some 12,000 businesses throughout the state are now within 3 miles of a high-speed connection.
"Our state is a lot stronger today because of the collaboration you all have done," Gov. Maggie Hassan said.
The project initially was envisaged to connect 700 community institutions, including schools, libraries, medical facilities and government buildings. The 700 was later revised to 220 and in the end, 320 were connected.