Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Round I Applicants: Gov Richardson Announces $180M in Grant Applications

Press Release from Office of Gov Richardson via 08/25/09 SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson announced on Friday, August 21, that at least 13 telecommunications groups and government coalitions have applied for more than $180 million in federal stimulus funds to expand and improve broadband communication networks in New Mexico.

The New
Mexico Department of Information Technology and New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment led the coordinated effort.

“A faster, expanded b
roadband network that reaches across our state is vital to our future, which is why I made securing funds for broadband improvements in New Mexico a top priority for our stimulus team,” Governor Richardson said.

“With potential connections to public libraries, high
schools, state offices, colleges and universities, and tele-health sites, I’m confident broadband will create new prospects for businesses, expand learning opportunities for students and ensure better health care access for all residents. I’m pleased that we were able to turn in so many quality applications.”

The applications were filed with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, which together intend to distribute $7.2 billion nationally to improve broadband networks. Applicants were required to offer broadband connections at speeds 15 to 50 times faster than dial-up.

“Over the past year the state has actively engaged the state’s telecommunications service providers, regional coalitions, government councils, educational institutions, technology partners, government departments and legislators in a statewide planning process for integrated, strategic broadband deployment,” Secretary Marlin Mackey of the Department of Information Technology said.

In addition to the private and public applications, the State of New Mexico has applied for a broadband mapping grant, which would identify statewide broadband capabilities, including technology, capacity, and speed.

Applicants include:

New Mexico Department of Information Technology

Baca Valley Telephone

Eastern New Mexico Rural Telephone Cooperative

• Fast Forward New Mexico
La Jicarita Rural Telephone Cooperative


Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Commnet
Penasco Valley Telephone
Plateau Telecommunications

Northern New Mexico Regional Economic Development Initiative

Sacred Wind

• Santa Fe Regional Telecommunications Coalition

US Cable
Western Telephone
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