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A new 107-mile fiber optic network will soon cut through the heart of New Mexico’s oil-producing Delaware Basin in Lea and Eddy counties, offering high-speed internet service from Carlsbad to Jal.
The $5 million project, to be completed in August, is being financed jointly by ExxonMobil, Plateau Telecommunications Inc. and the state Information Technology Department. Plateau, which offers internet, phone and cable TV service to residents in 18 eastern New Mexico counties, will invest $2.75 million to lay the fiber optic line.
ExxonMobil and the state will each kick in $1.1 million, providing direct broadband for the first time to oil companies operating in the Delaware Basin. It will also create high-speed internet availability for hundreds of households and businesses, as well as 13 schools, health facilities and community centers, according to the New Mexico IT Department.