The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, serving 115 mostly rural towns, is trying again to add delivering broadband internet to its core mission of delivering electricity. A special election has been called on the issue and would change the co-op’s bylaws. Ballots were mailed to the co-op’s 84,000 customers. Voting ends October 14th. The entry of the co-op into broadband would have a good effect on other internet service providers and could have a positive effect on pricing. The state has been lacking internet access but the surge in working from home and remote schooling has given it a new energy and broadband is clearly a necessary utility in the present environment. The state is targeting $50 million in Federal CARES Act funds to help connect properties that have been unable to get online. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is preparing two broadband pilot projects using $6.7 million of that money.