Jaffrey selects Consolidated Communications for broadband project

Town would become company’s ninth fiber-to-the-rural premises community

Wooden Spool With Fiber Optic Cable For Fast Internet Ready To Be Laid In Narrow Trenches In The Ground On A Meadow, Infrastructure Expansion In The CountrysideYet another step may soon be taken in New Hampshire’s effort to bring broadband to the rural areas around the state.

The Monadnock Region town of Jaffrey has selected Consolidated Communications to establish town-wide broadband internet service to every address in town, pending voter approval of a ten-year $1.2 million bond for the project.

Construction of the so-called fiber-to-the-premises network is expected to be completed within two years.

Consolidated has agreed to underwrite the bond for the infrastructure and will use a set user fee – about $11 a month – to pay back the bond.

Including the user fee, costs to purchase fiber packages are expected to be $43 for a 50 Mbps package, $68 for a 250 Mbps package, and $78 for a 1 Gbps package, officials said.

Meanwhile, Consolidated recently completed work on similar fiber-to-the-premises networks in three other southwestern New Hampshire towns – Dublin, Rindge and Westmoreland. It is also nearing completion two other networks in Walpole and Harrisville.

The company also recently partnered the towns of Danbury, Springfield, Mason and Errol to expand and enhance broadband in those communities.e

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