The Orford Boardband Committee mission is to define, research and report on if, how, and when (i.e., feasibility and implementation) the Town may achieve offering 100% of the Town’s occupied areas “high speed” “reliable” internet service. This service to be offered at rates comparable to surrounding communities. The committee will use the Monadnock Broadband Implementation Guide as a guide for the Town of Orford – please see the attached on the document tab below

Scope of Work

This Committee shall meet as needed to accomplish the goals within the scope. Those meetings are guided by the laws of New Hampshire for open meetings of official committees which require warning of time, place, and agenda, and recording of minutes.

This committee shall establish a reasonable completion time which may be modified as details develop. The Committee shall not have an initial budget but justified requests to spend money may be addressed to the Selectboard for approval.

This Committee shall report to the Selectboard at least quarterly.

The scope of the Committee may change as details are reported.

This Committee composition shall be by appointment by the Selectboard. At a minimum it will consist of a chair who will be responsible for recording minutes and reporting to the Selectboard.

The Committee shall exist until dissolved by the Selectboard. Appointments to the committee will be for indefinite terms and be subject to termination by the Selectboard.

The Town of Orford Broadband Committee is hereby established by the Town of Orford Selectboard on January 13, 2021

Committee Members & Titles

John Adams, Chair
Ted Cooley
Kathleen Landgraf
Robert Hedges
Lisa Camarra, Secretary
Fran Plaisted
Jeff Thurston
Ron Smith
Kerry Swartz
Charles Smith, Jr.
Martha Tecca
Elizabeth Schwendler

Broadband Survey

The Orford Broadband Committee is seeking input from every Orford household and business to understand the current state of broadband service and whether affordable and/or improved access is needed or desired. This survey is a critical step in the Committee’s work to facilitate broadband access that better serves Orford’s needs, and it is part of the broader regional effort. Survey responses will only be used for this project. No reported analysis of this survey will include identifiable information about individuals or their responses.

YOUR RESPONSE IS NEEDED … if you are satisfied with your internet access, if you hope for improvement, or if you feel no need for internet access.

To complete the Broadband survey on line, please click here.

Below, under Documents, is the version that can be printed, completed and returned to the Orford Town Office in person or via mail, or left in the drop box at the Town Office. If you need an additional copy of the survey, contact the town office or they will be available at the libraries.
Please complete online or submit surveys by July 31, 2021

If you have any questions about this survey or the project as a whole, or you could use assistance completing or submitting the survey, please contact John Adams, Orford Broadband Committee Chair and Orford Select Board Chair, at jqadams@orfordnh.us or call 603-353-9201. Updated information about this project will be shared on this page.

This survey was designed and is administered by the Grafton County Broadband Committee (GCBC), whose scope of work includes Orford. Individual communities’ research and planning contribute to the county- and state-wide efforts. The Orford Broadband Committee will be analyzing the Orford responses for the town’s work.