New Hampshire FastRoads Chooses Calix to Extend Reach of Stimulus Project

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PETALUMA, CANew Hampshire FastRoads, a regional broadband consortium, selected the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE optical network terminals (ONTs) to provide point-to-point gigabit Ethernet services to 35 communities throughout the western part of the state.

NH FastRoads partnered with Network New Hampshire Now (NNHN), a 470-mile, stimulus-funded fiber network project, to leverage its infrastructure to bring advanced broadband services throughout the Upper Valley and Monadnock regions, including fiber-to-the-premises projects in the towns of Rindge and Enfield. The combined efforts of NH FastRoads and NNHN are designed to keep rural western New Hampshire a vibrant location for innovative businesses, citizens and educational institutions.

A limited liability company of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, NH FastRoads was established to bring accessible, affordable broadband to the Monadnock and Upper Valley regions of New Hampshire. The organization's work will enable delivery of voice telephony, IPTV, movies on demand, business-class videoconferencing, health care services such as in-home monitoring, home and business security, computer backup, public access television, Internet radio, and many other advanced services.

Powerful Tool for Economic Development
"New Hampshire as a whole has been underserved by broadband for years, with large portions of our population having to rely on dial-up and wireless services," says Carole Monroe, executive director of NH FastRoads. "This new fiber network will be a powerful tool to further the economic development of the state that began with the NNHN middle-mile project, while continuing to improve the lives of our existing residents and businesses and attract new business to the area. Calix, with its broad experience with fiber access networks and deep understanding of stimulus projects, will be a true asset in the delivery of advanced services to residents and the extension of fiber across the region."


Design Nine provided the network design and project management for the effort. Design Nine's President, Andrew Cohill, says, "We evaluated equipment from many vendors, and in the end, Calix had the most capable equipment and the most attractive technical support package. We're glad to have Calix powering FastRoads' gigabit-to-the-home network."

'Exactly What the Broadband Stimulus Program Was Designed to Be'
"With the construction of some middle-mile broadband stimulus projects already coming to a completion, we are beginning to see a natural extension of these anchor institution-focused networks to target residences and businesses, just as NH FastRoads is undergoing in New Hampshire," says John Colvin, senior vice president of North American sales and marketing. "This kind of project is exactly what the broadband stimulus program was designed to be - a catalyst for long-term broadband expansion and economic development in each region awarded."

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