The board of directors of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative voted in 2020 to create a separate entity to facilitate members’ access to high-speed Internet.

CONCORD — The Biden administration and the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation announced Thursday the state will receive a $66 million grant to extend rural broadband access to nearly 80% of homes and businesses that currently lack it.

Last June, New Hampshire was one of the first four states to receive the first broadband grant — $50 million to the Granite State — that comes from the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund contained in the federal American Rescue Plan Act.