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The state of New Hampshire (NH), like Maine, is building an open access dark fibre network to facilitate any carrier that would like to participate and community anchor institutions such as hospitals, schools, libraries, community centers, fire stations and government buildings. see actual map as of July 2011. The construction cost of the lateral being the highest cost, this allows multiple carriers to serve these institutions.

"In addition to UNH and DRED, the network's partners include the Community Development Finance Authority, all University System of New Hampshire institutions, the Community College System of New Hampshire, the Keene Municipal Broadband Committee, Southwest Regional Planning Commission, North Country Investment Corp., town managers in Hanover and Keene, state legislators and telecommunications vendors..The proposed three-year build-out will take place in three parts, starting with existing fiber networks on the Seacoast. It then looks to circle the state to the west, up through the North Country, then ending in the Lakes Region. A second expansion model, call FastRoads, will pilot connectivity to homes in Rindge in southern New Hampshire and Enfield in western New Hampshire. The third leg includes construction of a middle-mile microwave network for public safety, public television and mobile broadband communications on mountaintops across New Hampshire." [2]

Like the Maine Fiber Company the Network New Hampshire Now [3], due to complete in 2014-15, will focus on this backhaul alone, acting as a "middle mile" network that does not connect most buildings. Most consumers will see fixed wireless (typically 900 MHz) and 3G and 4G cell services, with a few seeing 5G-style WiMax/Wi-Fi and increasingly 700 MHz technologies with long range antennas. A number of different last-mile wireless technologies are required to serve rural terrain with foliage, hills, weather and other challenges. Unserved communities, including those with no utilities at all, are the highest priority. Small providers use the backhaul to build out their network to residential users. Even some hospitals and government buildings do not have the sophistication to run unlit fibre and so rely on carriers to do that for them.

The network is designed not to overbuild private facilities and does not connect buildings already on private fibre.


Build management[edit]


Carrier signups are critical, and large carrier sales required a fulltime business development person before the network opens. Early outreach serves a pre-sales function, ensuring that there are expectant customers waiting when the network goes live. Every strand of fibre is mapped, and additional engineering and implementation staff wait to get customers connected.