Bristol, NH --Hub66 and the rural communities around the state working to expand access to high-speed broadband internet have received the support of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for their efforts.
In a recent letter to the USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service, Shaheen noted that Hub66 is working closely with several municipalities in New Hampshire to provide broadband coverage and infrastructure to rural, underserved areas of their communities and that the lack of consistent internet service across the state is creating a “digital divide” that puts communities without high-speed internet at a disadvantage.
“The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted just how important it is for our communities to have fast and reliable access to the internet,” wrote Shaheen. “The digital divide that exists in the Granite State communities of Bristol, Enfield, Canaan, Plainfield, Lebanon, Francestown and Hancock is an equity issue that drives disparities around educational achievement, public health and economic mobility. We must seize the opportunity to provide the resources needed to solve this problem and ensure all workers, students and families in these rural communities are able to connect to all of the critical resources provided by the internet.”
To help bridge this digital divide, Hub66 is applying for funding from USDA Rural Development’s ReConnect Loan & Grant Program to support the expansion of fiber internet access to the communities mentioned above. The letter from Shaheen asks for full and fair consideration to be given to the proposals Hub66 has submitted.
“We appreciate that Sen. Shaheen understands, like so many of us do in New Hampshire, that fully connecting rural communities requires collaboration with the business community, residents, and government on all levels,” said Hub66 CEO Andrea Vient. “We believe, and so do our municipal partners, that this USDA funding is crucial to completing the broadband build-out projects in these towns.”
Hub66 currently provides affordable, high-speed fiber-based internet access to communities in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Most recently, it added service to Bristol, NH, which was the result of a public-private partnership between the town and Hub66 that included $1.52 million in federal CARES Act grant funding, along with a $260,000 grant from the New Hampshire Northern Border Regional Commission. This new grant will enable further upgrades and expansion into Bristol and other rural communities that have traditionally been underserved by Internet Service Providers (ISP).
Headquartered in Bristol, NH, with satellite locations expanding across the Northeast, Hub66 is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) that connects rural communities and businesses throughout New England. With a continuously expanding high-speed fixed wireless and fiber-optic network, Hub66 has the serviceability to connect more than 15,000 residential and commercial locations. Delivering consistent, fast, and reliable high bandwidth fiber-optic connectivity solutions through their broadband, dedicated, and fixed wireless fiber infrastructures. For more information about Hub66, visit www.hub66.com.