N.H. seeking telecom providers for state
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jul 07, 2000
New Hampshire will begin to better market itself to telecommunications companies
in hopes of developing advanced technology in the state, as Gov. Jeanne
Shaheen signed a telecom initiative late last month.
Under the bill sponsored by Rep. John Thomas, the Department of Resources
and Economic Development will focus its resources on the telecom industry.
The bill sets two primary duties for the initiative: The department will
hire a marketing specialist to focus on industry initiatives; and create
a Telecommunications Answer Center on the Internet, a telecom database providing
service providers, services and infrastructure information to businesses.
"One problem in the state is that it is very rural — with spread out communities — and telecom companies want to go where all the people are," said Pamela
Walsh, Shaheen's spokeswoman.
The department will work with communities in an effort to have them aggregate
demand for telecom services, attracting providers to the state's rural areas.
The bill also creates a telecommunications advisory panel, composed of small
and large businesses, residential users, government officials and regional
economic development groups.
The initiative was a recommendation of the Telecommunications Roundtable,
a private/public forum, established by Shaheen and the Public Utilities