New Hampshire receives millions of dollars to help expand broadband internet

New Hampshire is getting another $66 million to improve its broadband infrastructure and help more people, especially in rural communities, get fast internet.State official estimated that the funding will connect more than 24,000 homes and businesses to affordable, high-speed internet. “Not having access to high-speed internet is the modern-day equivalent to not having a road built in your town,” said US Sen. Maggie Hassan.The funds represent the final allotment out of $122 million from the Capital Projects Fund from the US Treasury. White House officials said Hassan spearheaded to effort to get the funding.”I think it’s safe to say it may have never made it through the United States Senate without Sen. Hassan’s leadership,” said Gene Sperling, senior adviser to President Joe Biden.Hassan said the money will help rural communities and the most businesses.”Businesses from all across New Hampshire have made it clear to me that they need high-speed internet access to grow, thrive and be successful,” she said.US Rep. Chris Pappas said improving internet access is crucial for the state’s economy.”Sixty-three percent of Granite Staters live in an area with only one internet service provider,” he said. “To make sure that this service is affordable for folks and for small businesses is crucially important moving forward.”Officials said the American Rescue Plan was used to jumpstart universal, affordable and dependable broadband for all Americans. They said the pandemic exposed a deep digital divide in the country, with more than 30 million Americans living in areas that lacked a broadband infrastructure providing minimally acceptable speeds.

New Hampshire is getting another $66 million to improve its broadband infrastructure and help more people, especially in rural communities, get fast internet.

State officials estimated that the funding will connect more than 24,000 homes and businesses to affordable, high-speed internet.

“Not having access to high-speed internet is the modern-day equivalent to not having a road built in your town,” said US Sen. Maggie Hassan.

The funds represent the final allotment out of $122 million from the Capital Projects Fund from the US Treasury. White House officials said Hassan spearheaded to effort to get the funding.

“I think it’s safe to say it may have never made it through the United States Senate without Sen. Hassan’s leadership,” said Gene Sperling, senior adviser to President Joe Biden.

Hassan said the money will help rural communities and the most businesses.

“Businesses from all across New Hampshire have made it clear to me that they need high-speed internet access to grow, thrive and be successful,” she said.

US Rep. Chris Pappas said improving internet access is crucial for the state’s economy.

“Sixty-three percent of Granite Staters live in an area with only one internet service provider,” he said. “To make sure that this service is affordable for folks and for small businesses is crucially important moving forward.”

Officials said the American Rescue Plan was used to jumpstart a universal, affordable and dependable broadband for all Americans. They said the pandemic exposed a deep digital divide in the country, with more than 30 million Americans living in areas that lacked a broadband infrastructure providing minimally acceptable speeds.

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