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NH Broadband Mapping & Planning Program

The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping & Planning Program (NHBMPP) is a multi-year, multi-agency effort to map areas in the state that are currently served by the state's 70+ broadband providers. NHBMPP is part of national effort to understand current broadband landscape and encourage expanded broadband adoption and utilization.

The program, managed by the Complex Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), is a collaboration between UNH, the nine regional planning agencies (RPCs) in the state, and the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED)/Division of Economic Development. The efforts of these organizations, other partners, and input from the public, will yield a mapped inventory of existing and planned broadband assets, as well as a view of locations in New Hampshire where there is either no or inadequate coverage.

The two primary focus areas of the program are:

  • Collecting accurate data on the current availability, speed, and location of broadband services.
  • Supporting the efficient and creative use of broadband technologies to better compete in the digital economy.

NHBMPP components

  • Mapping (January 2010 – December 2014)
    • Broadband Availability, UNH
    • Community Anchor Institutions, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission w/ NH RPCs & UNH
    • Rural Addressing, Nashua Regional Planning Commission with NH RPCs & UNH
  • Non-Mapping (January 2011 – December 2014)
    • Broadband Technology, DRED
    • Broadband Capacity Building, NH Community Development Finance Authority
    • Broadband Technical Assistance Training, UNH Cooperative Extension & NH Office of Energy & Planning (OEP)
    • Regional Broadband Planning, Southwest Regional Planning Commission with NH RPCs & NH OEP

Supplemental Projects

  • Data collection, integration, verification, and display: The University of New Hampshire (UNH) seeks to extend its efforts to collect, map, verify, and display broadband availability data during years 3‐5 of the project, and to enhance its year 2 program by incorporating selected leading practices into the project workflow. UNH will continue to rely on the nine New Hampshire Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) to assist in the collection and verification of the data.
  • State of New Hampshire broadband leadership and coordination: Under the NH Director of Broadband Technologies leadership (DRED) and in partnership with the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), a demand stimulation and aggregation program will be created to mobilize key stakeholders to make in‐kind and financial commitments to increase broadband penetration on a targeted community‐by‐community basis. The program will assemble a resource panel and create a Broadband Sustainability Fund (BSF) to assist with financing for areas that need service.
  • New Hampshire Broadband Literacy and Training Partnership (NHBLTP): The UNH team will partner with UNH Cooperative Extension, the UNH Information Technology Office (UNH IT), the Granite State Distance Learning Network (GSDLN) and the State Office of Energy and Planning (NH OEP) to assess the functional needs and subsequently provide broadband digital literacy training and technical assistance to educational institutions, non‐profits, local government and businesses throughout the state.
  • State‐regional sector based broadband technology strategic plan: This project will expand the level of activity of the nine RPCs and regional broadband stakeholder groups and add a state‐level consolidation and coordination component to the already envisioned activities to be led by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. These efforts will be highlighted by a sector‐based analysis to understand needs with greater precision and accuracy.
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