Republican candidates for governor discuss the best way to ensure people throughout NH have access to internet

Republican candidates for governor discuss the best way to ensure people throughout NH have access

Republican candidates for governor discuss the best way to ensure people throughout NH have access to internet


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CAN REQUEST A BALLOT RIGHT NOW. HOPE IT HELPS BACK TO YOU. JEAN: THANKS TO YOU. THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS HIGHLIGHTED A LACK OF HIGH-SPEED INTERNET IN CERTAIN PARTS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. SO WE ASKED INCUMBENT GOVERNOR CHRIS SUNUNU AND HIS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CHALLENGER, KAREN TESTERMAN, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS ACCESS? HERE ARE THEIR ANSWERS. >> IT’S BEEN A CONSTANT CHALLENGE HERE FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, THE STATE BUILT THIS FIBER LOOP AROUND THE STATE. BUT WHERE THEY FELL APART IS, THEY DIDN’T CONNECT THE LAST MILE. THEY DIDN’T CONNECT THAT HOUSEHOLD TO THE FIBER LOOP. IT WAS THIS BACKBONE INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT THE SCHOOLS AND HOMES WEREN’T PAID, WEREN’T SET UP, AND THAT WAS A BIG COST. SO WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS TWO THINGS WE’VE PUT UP 50 CELL TOWERS. WE HAVE A DEAL WITH AT&T, AND FRANKLY, IT’S ONE OF THE BEST DEALS THAT ANY STATE GOT IN THE COUNTRY. AND WE’RE PUTTING UP 50 CELL TOWERS IN OUR MOST RURAL COUNTRIES PLACES WHERE THEY , CAN’T EVEN MAKE A PHONE CALL SOMETIMES. THE SECOND THING IS WE’RE USING , SOME OF OUR COVID DOLLARS TO HOOK UP THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES. THESE PLACES THAT DON’T HAVE FIBER OR TYPICALLY VERY LOW SPEED DSL. WE’RE PARTNERING WITH THOSE BROADBAND COMPANIES, AND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE POSSIBLY UP TO 10,000 PEOPLE WITH FIBER THAT GOES RIGHT UP TO THEIR HOMES . THAT LAST MILE IS BEING COLLECTED — BEING CONNECTED. >> THERE ARE WAYS TO DO IT AND THERE ARE FIBER OPTICS ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE CAN ALSO USE EXISTING LINES THAT GO THR

Republican candidates for governor discuss the best way to ensure people throughout NH have access to internet


Gov. Chris Sununu and his Republican primary challenger Karen Testerman discuss the best way to ensure people throughout the state have access to the internet.

Gov. Chris Sununu and his Republican primary challenger Karen Testerman discuss the best way to ensure people throughout the state have access to the internet.

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