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New Mexico to Receive $1.9 Million for Broadband Funds


Governor Bill Richardson today applauded news that the New Mexico Department of Information Technology will receive $1.9 million for broadband data collection, mapping and planning over the next two years. The grant will help the New Mexico Department of Technology expand access to communities lacking quality Internet service.

New Mexico is one of nine states receiving the grants announced today by The U.S. Commerce Department and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"This grant will help us in our efforts to connect our rural New Mexico to the Internet," Governor Richardson said. "Having reliable access to the Internet is critical to the economic health of our communities and to the quality of life of residents."

Department of Information Technology Cabinet Secretary Marlin Mackey has led the effort to bring service providers together with government representatives and tribal officials to maximize the efforts of broadband expansion.

"We are grateful that New Mexico has been award this funding that will provide the foundation for broadband access in New Mexico through clear mapping of what is available and where we need to go over the next several years," Secretary Mackey said.

The New Mexico Department of Information Technology will receive $1.4-million for data collection and mapping over a two-year period, and $500-thousand for broadband planning over the next five years, for a total of $1.9-milllion.


1/25/2010

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