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NH Delegation Announces $2.4 Million to New Hampshire to Help Connect Students to High-Speed Internet at Home

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, announced $2.4 million to New Hampshire to help schools provide students with the internet-connectivity devices and service that they need to complete their school work from home. The funding to New Hampshire is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, which Senator Hassan and colleagues successfully worked to establish and fund in the American Rescue Plan.           

“Access to broadband is essential for our students to succeed and reach their full potential – as made painfully evident by the transition to remote learning during the pandemic that left many students behind,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m so pleased to welcome over $2.4 million to expand access to critical online resources for students and staff at schools across New Hampshire. Zip codes should never determine success, and this funding will help bridge the digital divide and connect students with the technology they need to thrive.”

“Too many students across New Hampshire lack access to high-speed internet at home, which places these students at a severe disadvantage when it comes to keeping up with their schoolwork and making up for lost learning,” Senator Hassan said. “That is why I fought for additional funding in the American Rescue Plan to provide more schools in New Hampshire with internet-connectivity devices to help students access critical high-speed internet in their homes. I will continue working to bridge the homework gap and ensure that every student has the resources that they need to succeed and compete in the 21st century innovation economy.”

“It is essential that our Granite State schools, students, and staff have reliable access to broadband services, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which underscored the importance of access to remote work and remote learning for keeping our communities safe,” said Representative Kuster. “I’m thrilled to see schools across New Hampshire receive critical funding to engage online – which I helped secure through the American Rescue Plan Act – and I will continue working to expand access to broadband for all of our communities.”

“These federal funds will go a long way towards ensuring our schools have the technology they need to give our students the best possible education,” said Representative Pappas. “By improving connectivity we can expand opportunities for our students and work to close the digital divide in our communities. I remain committed to ensuring our schools receive funding that helps address the unique needs of each district, and encourage any school or library looking for support in improving connectivity to apply for funding under this program.”

The Emergency Connectivity Fund Program provides funding to elementary and secondary schools and libraries to provide laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons in need.

See below for a list of schools in New Hampshire that were awarded federal funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program:



Total Funding

Manchester School District



School Administrative Unit 15



South Hampton School District



Timberlane Regional School District



School Administrative Unit 64



Bishop Brady High School



Hudson School District



Nashua School District



Salem School District



Kearsarge Regional School District



Fall Mountain Regional School District



School Administrative Unit 06