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Expanded Wireless Comes to North Country
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The North Country now has a much needed 4G LTE network thanks to a system built and operated by Wireless Partners LLC in Coos County. The project is part of Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program. It will bring much needed wireless services to residents, businesses, visitors and public safety departments across rural northern NH.

The first phase of the project provides 4G LTE service from four tower sites: Chapel Hill in Pittsburg, Milan Hill, Morse Mountain in Groveton, and in Errol on Route 26. Residents and businesses will have access to voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, including HD Voice, for Verizon customers with compatible smartphones. Wireless Partners will continue to expand LTE service  with an additional 12 towers being constructed across Coos County in Phase II of the project. Wireless Partners has established a new office in Groveton and siting for these new towers is already underway.

“Access to wireless technology and broadband internet is essential to economic development and competitiveness in the 21st Century,” stated Bob Parsloe, CEO of Wireless Partners. “It is required for commerce, necessary for modern modes of communication, and indispensable to public safety. It is fundamental to conducting daily life and with the construction of this new network it is now accessible in northern New Hampshire.”

Jeff Rose, commissioner of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, echoed the importance of access to wireless technology and broadband internet to rural areas.

"A lack of access to mobile cellular and high speed broadband networks puts rural communities at a competitive disadvantage, not only for residents and businesses, but for visitors who come to our great state," said Commissioner Rose. "The completion of this 4-site network, and the additional Phase II planning, will provide infrastructure in Coos County to support economic initiatives with the opportunity to compete on a level playing field."

The network was privately funded by Wireless Partners in partnership with ExteNet Systems of Lisle, Il along with grant-funded network backhaul services provided by TCC Networks. Wireless Partners and its sister company, Great North Woods Wireless, will further expand its 4G LTE service in the coming months. This expansion comes at a perfect time as NSA Industries is about to become the first company to move into the newly cleaned up and developed business park in Groveton that was formerly the home of the Groveton paper mills.

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