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Southwest New Hampshire Broadband Plan

Broadband is in 2014 what electricity was to New Hampshire in the 1930’s - a necessity. In a relatively short time period, access to fast and reliable broadband, also known as ‘high-speed Internet,’ has become integral to economic growth and competitiveness and improved quality of life. It is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, ensure public safety, engage government, and access and disseminate information.


As a rural area with low population density and mountainous, forested terrain, the development of high-performing, affordable broadband, also known as high-speed Internet, has been slow in coming to the Southwest Region of New Hampshire.  The Southwest Region Planning Commission, advised by a group of diverse stakeholders, developed the Southwest New Hampshire Broadband Plan to better understand current levels of broadband service, identify challenges and barriers to improved broadband access, and plan for increased broadband availability and utilization.  This plan addresses the linakges between various sectors in the Region and their growing reliance on broadband connectivity.  It recognizes broadband as critical infrastructure and suggests approaches for addressing the future of broadband in the Region.

Click here to access the Southwest New Hampshire Broadband Plan (Adopted January 13, 2015)

Plan Overview

This Plan contains recommendations oriented around a central vision and four primary goals, which respond to broadband challenges and needs specific to the Southwest Region at the time of release. The objectives and proposed strategies identified in this Plan are viewed as realistic measures for improving the landscape of broadband in the Southwest Region over the next five years and beyond.

They are directed at regional organizations, municipalities, community anchor institutions, broadband providers, policy and decision makers and others to consider, pursue, and/or support in their efforts to increase access to and the utilization of high quality broadband in the Region.  


For more information about the regional broadband planning process visit the following weblinks: 



Project Background

This represents one of nine regional broadband plans developed by New Hampshire’s regional planning commissions as part of the NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHBMPP) spanning the period of 2010-2014. These plans are intended to serve as guidance documents for communities, policy makers, businesses, institutions, and residents to better understand the availability and need for broadband now and into the future.


Funded through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the NHBMPP is part of a national effort to expand broadband access and adoption.  The NHBMPP is managed by the GRANIT (Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer) System within the Earth Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and is a collaboration of multiple partners. These include the NH Office of Energy and Planning (OEP), NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE), UNH Information Technology (UNHIT) and the state’s nine regional planning commissions (RPCs).


For more information on the NHBMPP visit: iwantbroadbandnh.com