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Voting opens on proposed NHEC bylaw amendments


September 16, 2020
PLYMOUTH — Ballots are mailing today to members of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), who will decide if the company's bylaws should be amended to make it easier for NHEC to provide access to broadband internet for its members.

Members have the option of returning a paper ballot, or voting securely online using the login codes provided in their paper ballot mailing. The deadline for returning ballots is October 14, 2020. The proposed amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of voters casting ballots.

The member vote marks a milestone in NHEC's efforts to expand access to broadband internet to its members. The NHEC Board has explored ways it could help improve access to broadband internet for several years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added urgency to those efforts. In response to NHEC members' requests for help, the NHEC Board has voted unanimously to approve the proposed bylaw amendments. The bylaw changes would allow the NHEC Board to move quickly and efficiently to pursue broadband opportunities.

A special meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 for members to receive the results of the vote. Given the current restrictions on gatherings, the meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar. Registration and login information for NHEC members will be provided with the ballot and on NHEC's Web site: www.nhec.com/broadband.

NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 85,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

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