Thursday, February 25, 2010

$11.2 Million in Broadband Stimulus Grant Awarded for NM-TX Fiber Project 02/25/2010 San Francisco - The U.S. Commerce Department yesterday announced the award of a $11.2 million broadband stimulus grant to the ENMR Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Application Database, Fact Sheet) to extend broadband services to eastern new Mexico and west Texas.

The announcement was made on a conference call hosted by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, and joined by U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

According to a press release issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration NTIA, “the grant will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 200 community anchor institutions – including schools, public safety organizations, health care facilities, and government agencies – and lay the groundwork for bringing affordable broadband service to thousands of homes and businesses in the region.” is attempting to clarify with ENMR, which brands its operating company as ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications, the particulars of the optical fiber network build out which today’s announced grant will help finance.

We believe the federal grant support of what appears to b ENMR’s proposal to light currently “dark” optical fiber facilities is significant for several issues of federal grantsmanship and policy. At the very least, it demonstrates close attention paid to the efficiencies of investments made by NTIA.

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