KEENE, NHNew Hampshire FastRoads, a consortium that includes the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority and the towns in Western New Hampshire, selected Waveguide to engineer and build a fiber network that will bring Internet access to households, schools, government offices and businesses in western New Hampshire.

FastRoads’ open-access fiber optic network will have both middle-mile and last-mile components. The last-mile portion will bring high-speed connections to 1,300 homes and businesses in Rindge and Enfield, where many residents are still limited to dial-up Internet access. The middle-mile project will extend fiber to 19 towns and 220 community anchor institutions in the Upper Valley and Monadnock regions of New Hampshire. The project is slated for completion by June 30, 2013.

The FastRoads project is partially funded through a partnership with the Network New Hampshire Now (NNHN) project, a collaboration of public and private New Hampshire organizations developing a 700-plus-mile high-speed broadband network spanning the state. NNHN is funded in part by a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program stimulus grant.

“We’re eager to get started on this work, which is so important to the citizens, businesses, schools, hospitals and public agencies of New Hampshire,” says Waveguide president Rob Carmichael. “We know the lay of the land, the technical issues involved, and certainly the business of broadband delivery. We’re delighted to bring this project to fruition.”