New Hampshire Senate’s Expanded Broadband Legislation Signed into Law

Contact Name: Sara Persechino

Phone: (603) 271-3479

Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD - Today, HB 1111, the Senate’s omnibus bill to expand broadband access across the state was signed into law.

Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) and Senator Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) issued the following statements in response:

“Access to consistent broadband and high speed internet was a problem long before this crisis and the remote learning, work, and health care environment has only exacerbated those inequities,” said Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene). “As we prepare for the possibility of a second wave, we must take steps that efficiently use public funds to leverage private investment to deliver high speed internet service. That is why Senate Democrats have continued to push to expand broadband access to every door in New Hampshire, the last mile. Today’s signing of HB 1111 into law was a crucial step in ensuring digital equity.”

Senator Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) added, “By connecting our rural communities through communications districts, we make living and working in New Hampshire more affordable and increase our viable housing stock. Expanded broadband is essential in preserving New Hampshire’s rural communities and pushing our economy forward. I am proud that the Legislature is making it easier to bring high speed internet service to every home in New Hampshire.”

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