NHSCI Hosts Coffee and Fiber Breakfast at the State House

February 21, 2017

by UNH IT Staff

NH State Rep Edith Tucker (Coos County) learns about the fiber construction program from Brian Shepperd, UNH IT Director of Broadband Services.

High-speed, fiber-based internet connectivity is essential to education. It’s the foundation of leading-edge teaching methods and helps students gain unique access to critical knowledge and information through such technologies as streaming video. And yet, nearly one-third of all New Hampshire K-12 public schools do not have the necessary fiber connectivity to keep up with their peers from other U.S. states or the world.

The NH School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI) works hard to ensure every NH student has access to high-speed internet. NHSCI recently created a unique opportunity to discuss their initiatives with the NH State Legislature in hopes of receiving critical funding to help level the educational playing field.

Several members of NHSCI hosted a legislative “Coffee and Fiber” breakfast at the State House cafeteria on February 1, 2017.  This forum informed legislators of an opportunity to make better use of the funds supplied by NH citizens to the Federal Communications Commission as part of the taxes paid on communications bills for mobile phones and home internet.  This initiative could deliver a larger percentage of those funds back to NH to help connect the remaining one-third of our K-12 schools that do not currently have fiber connections.

New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (“NHSCI”) is comprised of the following organizations:  the New Hampshire Office of the Governor, the New Hampshire Department of Education, the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and the University of New Hampshire.

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