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Public Service of New Hampshire, G4 Communications Provide Sponsorship Support of New Mount Washington Observatory Distance Learning Initiative

NORTH CONWAY, NH – April 27, 2009 – Two prominent New Hampshire corporations have signed on as sponsors of Mount Washington Observatory’s new distance learning program.

Launched earlier this month in a special ceremony with U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes at Atkinson Academy in Atkinson, NH, this innovative new program allows schools throughout New Hampshire, New England and the nation to participate in live, real-time educational programs, presented from the famous weather station atop New England’s tallest peak. Mount Washington Observatory’s goal is to serve as a national resource for weather and climate education.
 
Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), the state’s largest electric utility, has already made the first installment of a two-year, $10,000 commitment to supporting the new program. G4 Communications, a Manchester-based telecommunications company, has committed to a similar two-year sponsorship of the program. Together, support from PSNH and G4 provides funding for Mount Washington Observatory’s participation in the Granite State Distance Learning Network, giving participating schools throughout the state the opportunity to utilize videoconferencing technology in their classrooms.

“I applaud the Observatory’s commitment to introducing innovative methods to disseminate its knowledge and expertise,” said Kathleen Lewis, community relations manager at PSNH. “This new distance learning program will reach more learners, deliver more timely information and disseminate education and information in ways that young people are increasingly using today.”

Gent Cav, president of G4 Communications agrees. “Distance learning is vital to giving students the tools that they need to compete in today's global economy,” said Cav. “Especially in today's tough economic climate, distance learning enables Mount Washington Observatory's experts to be able to bring the home of the ‘world's worst weather’ into classrooms that otherwise would be unable to experience our treasured resource.”

From the warmth and comfort of classrooms around the country, students and teachers are now able to interact, live and in real-time with weather observers on the frigid, windswept summit of Mount Washington. The program serves as a compelling educational resource that can enhance a teacher’s ability to educate students about extreme weather and the fundamentals of climate.

The initiative was funded through a $401,000 appropriation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Education (NOAA).

PSNH is New Hampshire's largest electric utility, generating and distributing clean electricity for more than 490,000 homes and businesses in an environmentally friendly manner. Each year, PSNH supports dozens of forest protection, energy conservation, and environmental organizations through both financial contributions and generous employee volunteerism. PSNH is proud if its commitment to the environment and willingness to create innovative solutions to environmental issues. For more information, visit: www.psnh.com.

G4 Communications is the largest deployed CLEC in New Hampshire and a leading provider of secure, efficient, affordable high-speed Internet communications, enterprise networking solutions along with next-generation and traditional local telephone services. Through its advanced SONET Network and IP Protected Service Network (PSN), G4 delivers an extensive suite of feature-rich, e-enabling services to businesses of all sizes. G4's business-class, always-on network allows its customers to leverage and sustain a competitive advantage. G4 also offers a state-of-the-art Server Collocation facility that provides comprehensive and customizable data backup with 7x24 monitoring and notification. G4 can be found on the web at www.G4communications.com.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For current conditions, seven webcams, photos, forecasts and information about Mount Washington Observatory distance learning, visit www.MountWashington.org or call (800) 706-0432, ext. 225.

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