New Mexico


FCC rules choke rural and tribal broadband access (Fronteras Desk) June 21, 2013

In order to expand broadband service to rural and tribal areas of the Southwest, the Federal Communications Commission will have to change it’s rules. That’s according to providers who say FCC regulations are doing more to hinder broadband deployment than expand it.

Navajo internet project almost complete (Albuquerque Business First) June 10, 2013

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is in the final stages of bringing high-speed Internet connections to the Navajo Nation.

Santa Fe launches $1M project to boost availability of high speed internet (The Republic) May 18, 2013

City officials announced Friday that they have issued a request for firms to compete for the opportunity to design, build, own and operate a fiber-optic link from downtown Santa Fe to the St. Michael’s corridor.

Community-owned network in New Mexico helps save lost pets (Community Broadband Networks) May 6, 2013

We recently learned about Aztec, New Mexico’s, free downtown Wi-Fi so we decided to contact Wallace Begay, the IT Director, to find out more. This desert community of about 6,600 people not only offers the free service, but uses its fiber to serve government, schools, and even four-legged residents.

Navajo Nation nearing completion of $46 million broadband project (Farmington Daily Times) April 2, 2013

The Navajo Nation is about to get connected with the help of a tribal owned company.

Now in its final stages, a nearly $46 million dollar project is expected to create a broadband network that will give more than 30,000 households and 1,000 businesses access to improved wireless Internet service and cell phone service.

The stuff of world’s largest fiber optic LAN (GCN) March 5, 2013

Whenever someone asks where the largest fiber-optic LAN in the world is, from now on, the correct answer is Albuquerque, NM. That may seem strange, but not considering that the network is on the campus of Sandia National Laboratories.

New Mexico’s daunting digital divide (ABQ Journal) February 24, 2013

Rural New Mexico has benefited from roughly $400 million in broadband development in recent years, but the state still faces a huge digital divide.


Farmington City Council tables broadband decision (Farmington Daily Times) November 18, 2012

City Council is facing a decision that, by some measures, could set the tone for San Juan County’s economic outlook decades into the future.

Crews back to work on Taos broadband (Taos News) November 3, 2012

Funding for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative’s $64 million broadband installation project has been reinstated, following a two-week freeze on advances for the project.

Rural broadband stimulus project in New mexico threatened, saved(Community Broadband Networks) October 17, 2012

last mile broadband project in Taos, New Mexico, encountered a temporary snag and appears to be back on track. The situation highlights the potential conflict created between federal and state entities. State officials acted to show their support and now expect the project to continue.

Public Regulation Commission aids frozen Taos-area broadband project (ABQ Journal Online) October 16, 2012

New Mexico’s utility regulators today removed an obstacle that had blocked funding for a just-started $64 million broadband project in northern New Mexico.

Feds freeze funding for Taos broadband project (The Taos News) October 12, 2012

Funding for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative’s broadband installation has been frozen, halting work on the $64 million stimulus project.

Meeting with Senator Tom Udall on municipal broadband (Media Literacy Project & Free Press) August 17, 2012

NM: Many rural New Mexicans know all too well the disconnection and loss of opportunities that stem from a lack of affordable high-speed Internet access. However, the promise of affordable and efficient access has eluded many urban New Mexicans as well. Though Internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have largely confined their broadband deployment to urban and suburban regions; there are examples across the country of urban communities that have opted to create their own broadband networks because of these companies’ failure to meet their needs.

Broadband construction begins in and around Taos (Taos News) June 25, 2012

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has been given the green light to begin construction of its $64 million broadband project, which promises to bring high-speed Internet to every home and business now served by the co-op.

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