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Strafford Regional Planning Commission

The CEDS is both a document and a process; it is designed to bring together both private and public sectors to create a roadmap to strengthen regional economies. Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) will be responsible for developing and implementing a CEDS for Strafford County and the Towns of Brookfield and Wakefield in Carroll County.

The purpose of this web site is to encourage use of the regional ITS architecture and gather feedback so that the architecture is used and continues to reflect the intelligent transportation system vision for the region. Sections provide access to the stakeholders, the transportation systems in the region (the Inventory), the transportation-related functions that are envisioned, and the existing and planned integration opportunities in the region.
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This web page has an interactive mapping tool allows you to explore the projects that have been identified in the 2012 Strafford-Rockingham Region ITS Strategic Plan. It is based on Google Maps and allows for viewing of project groups and their time frame.

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An updated ten-year Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Plan for the Strafford-Rockingham region. [Download 5.3MB / 62 pages PDF]

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Draft Strafford Regional Broadband Plan

As part of the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, Strafford Regional Planning Commission would like to announce the release of a Draft Regional Broadband Plan for the SRPC region. Strafford Regional Planning Commission would like to thank its many partners including the University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension, GRANIT, the nine Regional Planning Commissions, and volunteers, without which, this work could be completed.

Strafford Regional Planning Commission has engaged, throughout this process, a wide array of individuals and groups as part of its public involvement process. Through the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program’s internet home, www.iwantbroadbandnh.org, the project was able to engage not only partner organizations, but also engaged citizens on a statewide basis.

The Final Regional Broadband Plan is scheduled for completion on June 30th, 2014.

 

Please use the link below to find the Draft Regional Broadband Plan:

Draft Strafford Regional Broadband Plan

Please submit any comments or questions directly to Matthew Sullivan, Regional Planner by e-mail at msullivan@strafford.org, by phone at 603-994-3500, or by mail at:

Strafford Regional Planning Commission

150 Wakefield St., Suite 12

Rochester, NH 03867

 


About NHBMPP

The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping & Planning Program (NHBMPP) is a comprehensive, multi-year effort that seeks to understand where broadband is currently available in NH, how it can be made more widely available in the future, and how to encourage increased levels of broadband adoption and usage.  The Program, managed by the GRANIT System within the Earth Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), is a collaboration of multiple partners representing UNH, regional planning agencies, state agencies, and private, non-profit entities.  It includes two primary components -a mapping initiative and a planning and technical assistance initiative.

In the mapping realm, GRANIT is collaborating with the nine regional planning commissions to map areas in the state where broadband service is currently available, as well as areas with no service and areas that are considered underserved  The mapping inventory relies on data collected semi-annually from the 70+ public and commercial entities, both landline and wireless (fixed and cellular) that provide broadband services in New Hampshire.  Data is also being collected on broadband availability at individual community anchor institutions, including schools, libraries, medical/healthcare locations, public safety offices, and state/county/municipal buildings.  Finally, the mapping component includes a significant effort to develop the first public master address file for the state.

The mapping data will provide an important baseline assessment for new Hampshire, will facilitate effective dialog in the state regarding use and demand for broadband services, and will assist the state as it seeks to prioritize infrastructure projects and to build a sustainable broadband framework in the future.  In addition, results from the NHBMPP are being provided to the NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission to assist in the development and maintenance of the National Broadband Map.

The NHBMPP includes a significant effort to incorporate the information collected and the momentum generated by the mapping activities into a suite of planning and technical assistance services to benefit municipalities, businesses,  institutions, and residents of New Hampshire.  The planning activities focus on state broadband capacity building, on developing regional and statewide plans, and on providing technical assistance to various sectors in the state.

 


 

CEDS Broadband Stakeholder Group -

The Strafford Broadband Stakeholder Group (SBSG) is a group of diverse stakeholders interested in improving the availability and quality of high speed internet in the Strafford Region of New Hampshire. The SBSG was formed by Strafford Region Planning Commission in March of 2012, as part of a four year Regional Broadband Planning component of the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHBMPP). Across the state, each of the nine Regional Planning Commission will be forming Broadband Stakeholder Groups (BSGs) to assist with the development of Regional Broadband Plans. The NH Office of Energy and Planning will eventually fold these 9 Regional Plans into one Statewide Broadband Plan.

Potential activities undertaken by BSGs include identifying the need for and barriers to broadband deployment in the region, promoting collaboration with broadband service providers, facilitating information sharing between the public and private sectors regarding the use of and demand for broadband services, and collecting and analyzing relevant information, including the results of the NHBMPP Mapping project. Additionally, BSGs will help conduct three public forums in each Region over the course of 2012-2014. The NHBMPP, which is managed by the Complex Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), is a collaboration between UNH, the nine regional planning agencies in the state, and the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development's Division of Economic Development. For more information visit: iwantbroadbandnh.com. This site is meant to serve as a forum for SBSG stakeholders to share information, updates, ideas, and comments. The SBSG meets on a quarterly basis at the SRPC offices in the Community Center of Rochester, NH.

For more information on the group and the project, please, explore this website or contact Matt Sullivan, Regional Planner at (603)-994-3500 or at msullivan@strafford.org.

 


 

On-going Mapping Efforts -

  • Cable Franchise Agreement Collection

    • By NH RSA 53-C, each community is required to enter into an agreement for access to cable and to establish terms for that access.  These terms are recorded in the Cable Franchise Agreement (CFA).  Access to cable is technically access to video distribution, but the reality of today’s technology is that cable infrastructure also provides internet access.  Therefore, the CFA has implications for, but does not directly represent, internet access.  Guidance for towns in the process of initiating or updating CFAs is sometimes provided through legal consultation, or from the New Hampshire Coalition for Community Media.   However, many communities have few resources to draw upon when reviewing an agreement. This project will inventory and catalog all current municipal CFAs in NH, identify common elements in those CFAs (including start/end dates, minimum coverage requirements, annual franchisee fees paid, etc.)  and record the variability of terms within those common elements. The work is being completed by the nine RPCs  in the state, who are currently in the process of collecting the documents and extracting data from them.   Project results will be posted online and made available to the general public via the NHBMPP website during the summer of 2012. By enabling statewide and regional comparisons of CFAs, the NHBMPP seeks to provide a valuable resource to communities who are in the process of initiating, reviewing or updating local franchise agreements.

  • Rural Addressing Project

    • The Rural Addressing Project is a component of the NH Broadband Mapping & Planning Program (NHBMPP) and is managed by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC).  The goal of the project is to develop a database containing a mapped point feature and associated street address for every residential address in the rural Census blocks in the State of New Hampshire.  Rural blocks are defined as having an area of at least 2 square miles.  2010 Census figures have 39,991 households within those rural blocks.  The resulting dataset will be the first statewide, publically available rural master address file, and will be used to support the NHBMPP efforts to validate data points where broadband service (or lack thereof) is reported.  In addition, the addresses will be the base from which a complete statewide file (rural and urban) can be created and maintained.

 

  • Community Anchor Institution Surveys

    • Each of the nine Regional Planning Commissions of New Hampshire will continue to survey "Community Anchor Institutions" including: Hospitals, Schools, Universities, Municipal Buildings, Public Safety Complexes, and Other Non-governmental Support locations.


  • Town Broadband Profiles

    • Found in the right sidebar at: www.iwantbroadbandnh.org

 

 


Project Partners -


Download: State of New Hampshire Broadband Action Plan
Download: Draft Regional Broadband Plan

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