NEW MEXICO BROADBAND MAPPING PROGRAM (NMBBP)

The New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) is authorized by the Governor as the lead agency and applicant to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative (SBI). The entire budget for Mapping, Capacity Building, and Technical Assistance is nearly $5 million for the five year commitment that began in January of 2010. This grant award requires the State to provide matching funds of 20%. The largest project is to provide a map of broadband availability for New Mexico and contribute to the development of a National Broadband Map. Other states were granted similar funds.

The mapping of "availability" entails securing Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with Telecommunications Providers who deliver Broadband Services using DSL, Cable, Satellite, Wireless, Mobile, and/or Fiber technologies. These data are assessed in a secured environment, transferred in a variety of media and formats, evaluated, processed, normalized, aggregated into generalized geographies, and uploaded to the NTIA per specifications (See Methodology Report Below). Please understand that the Broadband Map is over reporting data that comes from the Internet Service Provider. In order to safeguard the proprietary infrastructure data of the provider, the NMBBP must "aggregate" these data into U.S. Census Blocks, equivalent to a neighborhood block in an urban area. As a result, if there is one customer in a corner of a "block", the entire block will be reported as having broadband

DoIT is committed to a New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) that is sustainable. As such, local resources are being engaged to support the Program. Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC/UNM) has been secured to provide the mapping services and has been highly successful in meeting the tight deadlines required by the NTIA. The NMBBP has launched a website where users can enter an address and see what broadband service providers and technologies are available to them. In addition a broadband speed testing utility is available to validate network performance. Aligned with the mapping task, the NMBBP is analyzing socio-economic factors towards broadband "adoption" and compiling a robust dataset of "anchor institutions". The dataset referred to as CASA (Community Anchor Site Assessment) is the first merger within New Mexico of these institutions requiring broadband services. They include schools, medical facilities, libraries, fire departments, government buildings and others. CASA will support adoption planning through not only points of departure for infrastructure, yet serve as Public Computing and/or Training Centers.

DoIT looks forward to a collaborative and integrated Program that serves the needs of New Mexico that will spawn jobs and benefit our workforce.