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Two N.M. Rural Broadband Projects Get Federal Money

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eleven projects in nine states are sharing in more than $277 million in stimulus money

Two broadband infrastructure projects in New Mexico are among 11 rural projects in nine states that have been selected to receive federal stimulus money, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a new release, “The broadband projects we’re announcing today will create construction jobs now to build high speed Internet networks in unserved and underserved communities. Deployment of broadband will support job creation and rural economic development.”

The news release said the 11 projects will receive a total of more than $277 million in federal stimulus money, with an additional $1.6 million in private investment being provided in matching funds. In addition to New Mexico, the states with projects receiving money are Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Texas.

The New Mexico projects are:

  • Western New Mexico Telephone Company, broadband infrastructure project: $11,516,679 grant. The funding will provide last mile broadband services to remote and unserved locations and critical community facilities throughout western New Mexico.
  • Baca Valley Telephone Company Inc.: $1,651,000 loan and $1,586,000 grant. The funding will expand fiber optics to Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) nodes in rural northeastern New Mexico, replacing outdated deteriorating copper wire and low bandwidth microwave transport systems in some areas, while providing new connectivity in others, and enabling advanced, high-speed DSL service throughout the area.



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