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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

 

New Hampshire: Surprisingly tepid response to proposed FTTH network in Milford

"Local homeowners have shown tepid enthusiasm about the idea of using a town-owned fiber-optic system for fast Internet access, slowing the idea for the time being. 'This was a surprise, the low levels of support for switching (to a town service). . . . We don’t know why it’s so dramatically different than other towns,' said Terrence McGarty, managing partner for the Merton Group, which has been pushing the idea of municipal-owned broadband networks in New Hampshire and Massachusetts."

"According to the survey, sent to all Milford homes and apartments this summer, about three-quarters of the residents are in favor of the idea as long as it doesn’t raise taxes."

"But just 25 percent say they are likely or definitely likely to switch to the service at a projected cost of $40 a month. The 25 percent figure is barely above the projected break-even point needed to pay off construction bonds, said McGarty, greatly increasing the risk of financial fallout. 'If that number is 36 percent instead of 25 percent, it’s a cakewalk,' he said."


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25% is a surprisingly low number, particularly given previously reported widespread dissatisfaction with Adelphia in this part of New Hampshire. Typically other municipal broadband systems may get a 40% subscription rate within 3 years and 50% or 60% within a few additional years.

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