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Old 02-05-2018, 03:46 PM
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I would be concerned about Fairpoint's drop off here too. I think live sports require higher internet speeds than streaming videos also. I doubt switching to FP DSL would be adequate for my wants.

I live in a wooded area on the north side of a small hill. I get squat for satellite or over-the-air anything.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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150 bucks a month is ridiculous I don't need a landline Options that have worked for you?
ROKU and over-the-air channels. Haven't had cable or satellite since 2010, and haven't missed it one bit.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:15 PM
 
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ROKU and over-the-air channels. Haven't had cable or satellite since 2010, and haven't missed it one bit.
I succumbed to temptation and bought a TCL Roku TV a few days ago. I found a deal I could not pass up. Honestly I love the unit and I'm glad I made the purchase. Roku plus my OTA channels (all subscription free content) provides way more to watch that what comes over via Comcast cable (and that is without using the pay services like Netflix or Amazon prime yet).
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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Fast Roads only serves directly two towns, Enfield and Rindge. It has also recently been acquired by a for-profit company. Broadband in less densely settled areas like the Monadnocks is a huge problem, even with the Fast Roads backbone, due to the last mile problem - expensive to deploy to low density areas.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:17 PM
 
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If you go to this page: Mapping Results | www.iwantbroadbandnh.org you'll see that SW NH is relatively poorly served by Broadband compared to the rest of the state below the Whites.

Even this map is misleading, since the cable franchise agreements don't always call for building out an entire town. Peterborough's for instance only required build out of the higher density areas, leaving a lot of more rural residents unserved.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:56 PM
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Fast Roads only serves directly two towns, Enfield and Rindge. It has also recently been acquired by a for-profit company. Broadband in less densely settled areas like the Monadnocks is a huge problem, even with the Fast Roads backbone, due to the last mile problem - expensive to deploy to low density areas.
Fast Roads also ran fiberoptic trunks from the southern point of Fitzwilliam (I think) north through Claremont, Newport, New London, Lebanon, Hanover, and the intervening small towns to the northern point of Orford, in addition to the last mile lines to Enfield and Rindge. After they supplied this infrastructure, several providers leased the lines to supply service. WiValley supplies a good part of Enfield where there was zero internet access except dialup. Now this western NH corridor needs some other internet providers to build out from the trunks. Some other low density spots benefited because Fair Point was motivated to add some additional DSL service.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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BayRing Communications and 186 Communications, both now FirstLight, have a large fiber network in NH.
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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FirstLight is great if you're a commercial subscriber, with prices to match. My town, for example, has fiber, with two subscribers, a well known publisher and a private school. Us residents? Not so much.

The problem remains the "last mile" a term used to describe the connection to the home.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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OP, every year I have to go to my local cable company (it's now Spectrum, formerly Time Warner) in order to get my bill "adjusted." They always make me take things that I don't want or need (e.g., phone service, a digital box) because it's actually CHEAPER with those things than without.

There are always people in these threads who write about just going with over-the-air channels. I appreciate that those things work in their areas (probably the southeast part of the state, mostly?), but I live just outside of Keene and there are simply no over-the-air channels available. I looked into it a few years ago -- even with a 150-mile antenna (which I had THOUGHT would get me some Boston channels), there was no guarantee at all that I would get anything. (Of course, it's the TERRAIN as well as the distance that matters.) Alas, I had to give up.

I rarely watch TV in "real time" (when I watch programs, it's through streaming video), I doubt that I would miss TV service. Unfortunately, I committed many years ago to recording the 5 "big networks" at least twice a year (this is related to my job). Because of that, I can't give up cable TV, unless I cancel the research project. I may end up doing that if I get sick enough of the cable company's yearly games with pricing -- but I would still need good Internet service for my job and for streaming, so I can't cut it all out.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:16 PM
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BayRing Communications and 186 Communications, both now FirstLight, have a large fiber network in NH.
FirstLight actually acquired Fast Roads' fiber network too.
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