Peterborough, NH, Eyes Public Safety Mesh Network

In bucolic Peterborough, New Hampshire, the local Board of Selectmen is looking to bring broadband to a community where dial-up is still far too prevalent. Selectman Joe Byk is leading an effort to secure funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enable Peterborough to build a mesh network that would initially connect three of what it calls its Safety Service Provider organizations (i.e., police, fire and emergency services).In bucolic Peterborough, New Hampshire, the local Board of Selectmen is looking to bring broadband to a community where dial-up is still far too prevalent. Selectman Joe Byk is leading an effort to secure funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enable Peterborough to build a mesh network that would initially connect three of what it calls its Safety Service Provider organizations (i.e., police, fire and emergency services).

Byk says the goal would be to eventually expand the mesh network to enable mobile connectivity to other neighboring communities’ public safety forces. Peterborough–which currently has a small, free, WiFi hotspot for the local business district–will soon be contacting service providers and systems integrators to respond to its RFP document.

Byk points out that Peterborough hopes to attract multiple responses to the RFP because the town is not looking for a “freebie” ‚Äö?Ñ?¨ the FEMA grant money would act as seed funding for the network.