0n January 10th, Rick Fabrizio, the Director of Communications and Public Policy for the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding technology and the introduction and expansion of broad band in New Hampshire. Rick mentioned growing up with technology in the 1980’s living in Newington, a small town with little or no broad band access.  Cable companies were hesitant to install lines because the ROI was minimal.
Much of New Hampshire still remains without updated 5G services.  Broad band is as essential as the introduction of electricity and phone service 100 years ago.  It is however costly to upgrade services.  New Hampshire is the 23rd most well connected state in the United States.  Federal funds are needed to advance statewide broad band services.  94% of households have internet services.  In New Hampshire, 10,000 homes do not have access to internet services.  An effort is being made to install 5G towers in appropriate locations in the state.  He also noted that there are no negative health effects from these towers.  The super highway and data transfer continues to grow.  Online shopping was 214 billion dollars last holiday season.  A negative result of this growth in information transfer is identity theft.  9 out of 10 people are concerned about data theft.  There are approximately 104 threats per household each month.  52% of data breaches are intentional while 48% are user error.  There are many bills before congress to help mitigate data breaches and improve cyber security.  It is extremely important for businesses to address data security.  To remain competitive, we must continually address higher speeds and expanded broad band access.  Many rural homes are still without broad band services because they are far apart.  Companies will not install cable or services since the return on investment (ROI) is minimal.