FairPoint applies for $37M for NNE broadband

Posted Aug. 21, 2009, at 10:19 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — FairPoint Communications is applying for a $37.8 million federal grant to expand online access for northern New England customers.

FairPoint says it would use the money, the first of three rounds of grant applications, to build its network to reach more unserved and underserved regions in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

FairPoint has submitted five applications for grants in northern New England. In Maine, broadband access would be provided to 19,300 homes and businesses in Aroostook and Washington counties. In New Hampshire, 8,600 homes and businesses would benefit in Coos and Grafton counties. In Vermont, broadband access would be available to more than 2,900 new households and businesses in Essex and Caledonia counties.