New Hampshire towns might start making their own broadband

The town of Bristol has voter permission to spend $98,500, and hopefully another $33,000 next year, combined with a $132,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission, to build three miles of fiber backbone through its main business district. The system, which will enter the design and engineering phase in spring of 2019, will create a town-owned "middle mile" of connectivity. Bristol hopes this will help it keep a major employer in town, lure other companies, make government more efficient, satisfy homeowners’ internet needs and maybe even improve cell-phone coverage.

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