New Hampshire FastRoads appoints Carole Monroe as Executive Director

Monroe brings 30 years of technology and leadership experience
to broadband initiative for Western New Hampshire

KEENE, N.H. – August 3, 2011 – New Hampshire FastRoads LLC, a limited liability company of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, today announced it has appointed Carole D. Monroe as Executive Director to lead the delivery of high-speed broadband to New Hampshire’s Monadnock and Upper Valley regions.

Harnessing 30 years of leadership experience in technology and executive administration, Monroe will help create “big broadband” infrastructure to help spur viable economic development strategy in rural areas.

Monroe has spent the last decade at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., starting as the Director of Information Technology, and rising to become the first Vice President of Administrative Services and CIO. She spent the previous two decades at BankBoston, rising through the technology and networking services divisions to become a Vice President and Sr. Technical Manager Networking Services.
“We’re lucky to find someone of Carole’s leadership caliber, experience and results,” said Julia N. Griffin, town manager of Hanover and chairwoman of New Hampshire FastRoads. “Everything we need to accomplish – directing critical, large-scale technology projects and managing all the players – Carole has successfully executed in other venues. Not surprisingly, she’s hit the ground running.”

Monroe was co-chair of Monadnock Connect, a predecessor to New Hampshire FastRoads, founded in 2001. She was a member of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation board of directors and is a member of the Monadnock Community Hospital board executive and governance committees. She holds a MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Connecticut University.

One of Monroe’s first orders of business is finalizing the selection of a firm or firms to provide fiber optic engineering and construction services for the development of the FastRoads regional broadband network. The successful firm will engineer and construct a fiber optic network for last last-mile projects in Rindge, N.H., and Enfield, N.H., and middle-mile projects delivering fiber network access in 19 towns and 220 community anchor institutions in the Upper Valley and Monadnock Regions of New Hampshire.

NH FastRoads is partnering with Network New Hampshire Now (NNHN), a collaboration of public and private organizations to develop a high-speed broadband network throughout the state. The organizations are funded by an economic stimulus grant and private funding to expand broadband coverage to keep the state vibrant, innovative and relevant for businesses, citizens and educational institutions.

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