Consolidated Communications has joined forces with the town of Chesterfield, N.H. for a public-private broadband network project. The project will bring a high-speed, fiber-to-the-premises Internet network directly to all homes and businesses in the municipality. There will be no increases in property taxes to pay for the venture, which will be paid for, in part, by municipal bonds.
New Hampshire Senate Bill 170, sponsored by Sen. Jay Kahn and Rep. John Bordenet, passed in 2018 gave towns in the state the authority to issue bonds for broadband infrastructure.
For its part, Consolidated Communications said that the company committed to building out broadband Internet services to unserved and underserved rural communities across New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont using a combination of its own capital and third-party funding sources.
In 2018, Consolidated Communications completed a broadband upgrade to provide faster speeds to 500,000 residents and small businesses throughout Northern New England including 140,000 upgrades across New Hampshire.
“We were inspired by Chesterfield’s enthusiasm and willingness to work with us on a solution to improve and expand broadband services in their rural community,” said Rob Koester, vice president of consumer product at Consolidated Communications, in a prepared statement. “Consolidated Communications is excited to deliver high-speed broadband Internet service to residents and businesses in Chesterfield at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.”
“Having this type of partnership with Consolidated Communications provides a rural town like ours with innumerable economic development and quality-of-life benefits and opportunities that will, undoubtedly, have a lasting impact,” said Brad Roscoe, a former town selectman who has been leading Chesterfield’s broadband initiatives, in a prepared statement.