Sununu Signs Into Law Broadband Matching Grants, Fund

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed a bill establishing a broadband matching grant initiative and fund for New Hampshire.

It will be funded with state appropriations, gifts, grants, donations, and available federal funds. Grants will be awarded to projects to expand broadband coverage.

During the coronavirus pandemic, nearly $13 million was invested in broadband projects using federal CARES Act funds to connect nearly 4,500 previously unserved properties.

In other coronavirus-related developments:

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FUNERAL GATHERINGS

Now that the coronavirus pandemic has eased, New Hampshire families are once again getting together, including for funeral services.

“We had a family that held off for a year, with a family reunion. This is their first chance to kind of get together,” Katie Roan, owner of Roan Family Funeral Homes, told New Hampshire Public Radio. she has locations in Epsom and Pembroke.

Buddy Phaneuf, president of Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, said the business had nearly 100 delayed services across New Hampshire and Vermont at one point.

“It’s been an extremely busy three to four months as the weather has been getting nicer,” he said. ”We’re seeing the tail end of the backlog of delayed services.”

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THE NUMBERS

More than 99,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including 27 cases on Tuesday. One new death was announced, bringing the total number to 1,381.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 18 new cases per day on June 27 to 3`1 new cases per day on Sunday.