Advisory Broadband Committee
This committee was reconstituted 7/13/2021. The Committee meets at the call of the Chair, when there is business to attend to. To be notified of upcoming meetings, please send an email to AlsteadBroadbandChair@gmail.com.
Updates from the Broadband Committee Chair
We've received official notice from Consolidated Communications that they will be building a fiber internet network in Alstead! They have confirmed all the details in my last update about funding. There will be no cost to the Town for the network build. Within the next few months, there will be an informational meeting hosted here in Town so that everyone can learn more about the project and ask any questions. I'll be sure to let everyone know as soon as possible when that meeting is scheduled.
It's been a long few years working on the problem of getting reliable broadband internet service to everyone in Town, but our efforts have paid off.
On February 22, 2023 the NH Governor and Executive Council approved a $40,000,000 contract with Consolidated Communications to provide fiber broadband connections to thousands of unserved/underserved locations throughout New Hampshire, and Alstead is included in that contract!
I'm attaching more information, and here's a link to a news article discussing the plan: click here (please note that this article is from before the vote)
It's also important to note that while the number of locations listed for Alstead is 368, that only represents our unserved/underserved locations. CCI plans to use their own funds to build out the rest of Town, so everyone will have access to the fiber network. There will be no cost to the Town, there will be no bond issued or any type of debt. The project will be funded through federal grants and private investment from CCI.
I want to thank all of our past and present Broadband Committee members (listed at left) for putting in the effort over the last few years. It's not a coincidence that Alstead is one of only 3 Towns in Cheshire County to be included in this plan in a major way. All of the work to gather data, stay informed, and communicate with providers and state officials has landed us in this position. Job well done team!
I will keep everyone updated as I find out more information about how the process will take place and what the timeline will look like. Feel free to reach out with any questions/concerns.
Gordon Kemp, chair
Alstead Broadband Committee
Alstead, NH 03602
Past and Present
The Alstead Broadband Committee was established as an advisory committee to the Alstead Select Board, to investigate and recommend solutions that provide access to broadband internet service for citizens of Alstead in areas currently lacking such service.
Develop a viable broadband solution for the underserved portions of Town.