The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHBMPP) offers broadband planning and technical assistance to a wide range of groups and organizations located throughout the state. The goals are simple… to assist schools, libraries, healthcare providers, small businesses, municipalities, communities, non-profits and others:
- to assess their broadband needs;
- to develop plans for obtaining affordable broadband access;
- to realize the opportunities available with broadband; and
- to provide technical assistance and training to leverage the advantages of broadband connectivity
What we are doing….
Regional and State Planning – establishing broadband stakeholder groups that will focus on collecting and analyzing relevant information, identifying barriers to broadband deployment, promoting collaboration with service providers, and facilitating information sharing. In addition, developing regional broadband plans that will be aggregated into a state plan.
Technical Assistance and Training – working to assess broadband technical needs of stakeholder groups; developing tools and learning modules; and delivering technical assistance and training for stakeholder groups.
(Your input is needed to identify web-based technology and broadband needs of small businesses and local government with respect to communication, data management, marketing, and training. Please take a few minutes to complete the appropriate survey below.)
We encourage everyone in New Hampshire to conduct a speed test, so we can use the information to validate service data submitted by providers. In addition to conducting the speed test, you can also tell us your story by providing comments on a brief broadband access survey.
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
Interactive Map Viewer
- Found here: Interactive Map Viewer
Project Partners -