NEWS & EVENTS


May 2013: Regional Broadband Implementation Plan Pilots

The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) is launching two "Regional Broadband Implementation Plan (RBIP) Pilots" within the State. These Pilots will not only provide a solid broadband planning and infrastructure framework for the selected areas, but also identify future funding and implementation strategies. Applications are due by May 24, 2013. The objective of the RBIP is to provide statewide broadband that is equally affordable, redundant, and abundant. In addition, NMBBP want to demonstrate the use of technologies and strategies that are most effective for rural areas.

On behalf of the NMBBP, Susan Oberlander, Telecommunications Project Manager, has been secured to lead this particular task. For an explanation, to download an application, and other information please click the following links:

For questions, contact Susan Oberlander (susanoberlander@gmail.com).

August 2012: New Mexico Broadband Summit Findings (Public Television)

The New Mexico Broadband Summit hosted by the State Library Fast Forward NM program was held on August 3, 2012 and convened over 150 people from governance, private industry, education, tribal, and the general public to share ideas about the state's broadband future. This statewide collaborative planning session produced a platform of recommendations regarding Digital Literacy, Education, Economic Development, Health, Tribal Issues, and Governance.

April 2012: New Mexico Broadband - KSWV Radio

On April 13, 2012, Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary and Chief Information Officer Darryl Ackley, accompanied by Gar Clarke, Broadband Program Manager and Estevan Lopez, DoIT Public Information Officer were interviewed by Arturo Gonzales (Sangre de Cristo Health Partners) and Larry Martinez (Presbyterian Medical Services). Though the focus was towards Broadband in Health, the show covered all aspects of Broadband development in New Mexico, including the mapping of services and technology types, training opportunities, and noting where one can get access.

Listen to the Interview:

July 2011: Broadband Demonstration Project - NEW MEXICO WATCH: Wildfires

In building the New Mexico Broadband Map, the New Mexico Broadband Program is researching ideas that will benefit from the core development of the Online Broadband Mapping functions managed by the New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and implemented by Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC/UNM).

New Mexico Watch - Las Conchas Fire

The "New Mexico Watch Demonstration Project" that focuses on Statewide Wildfire Reporting is an example of building onto the existing structure created by the Broadband Program. This online map service was spun up in just hours and is being updated once each day. The base maps include street, aerial imagery, and topography layers. The web site is "interactive", meaning users who have broadband access (field/home/office) can measure (area and distances), draw to establish focus areas, annotate, and print. Also, individuals can tap in an address, zoom to that location, and reference the fire incident to an area. In addition, the locations of emergency operations centers, fire stations, law enforcement, hospitals, community centers, and schools are shown. Clicking on these locations and the Fire Areas will provide information.

New Mexico Watch: www.nmwatch.org

December 2010: Media Usage and Our Children (Public Television)

KNME's New Mexico in Focus hosts a monthly Public Square special, which brings together people from the community to discuss a specific issue or problem affecting early childhood development. This month's topic was Media Usage and Our Children.

The group also spent time talking about the digital divide and how we can make sure all students in New Mexico have access to reliable internet service. The leadership panel this month included State Representative Mary Helen Garcia (D), New Mexico Broadband Program Manager Gar Clarke, and Dr. Jose Garcia who headed up the education transition team for Governor Susana Martinez.

September 2010: Additional Funding for Broadband for All New Mexicans

The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has just received additional Federal Funds from the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to enhance and expand the mapping and planning of broadband availability and adoption within New Mexico. Part of a National Program, the $4.8 million five-year program collaborates closely with the Telecommunications Industry to identify those areas where broadband is available, what technologies (i.e. DSL, Wireless, Mobile, Cable, Fiber) are offered, and the maximum speeds that can be purchased. Note that Broadband is defined by the NTIA as a customer having access to the internet with a minimum upstream speed of 200 kilobits per second (kbps) and a minimum downstream speed of 768 kbps. This translates into downloading a nice family picture of one megabyte in approximately 10 seconds. This information will be available to the public on a website within the coming months. Users will be able to tap in their address and identify not only technologies and speeds available, but what providers offer these services.

To compliment the mapping will be a detailed socio-economic analysis that will identify areas within the state where broadband adoption can be enhanced through training seminars, public forums, and/or development of public computing centers. This activity will integrate with an existing broadband educational program (Fast Forward New Mexico) provided by the State Library that is conducting internet training in public and tribal libraries throughout New Mexico. In addition, the public and industry will be able to participate in a "crowd sourcing" project. This will be a web site where users can provide interactive updates to incorrect or missing information on speed, location of community anchor sites, availability of broadband technologies, and other pertinent information.

The New Mexico Broadband Program's (NMBBP) mission is to have Broadband accessible to each and every New Mexican by 2015. Currently, New Mexico's broadband adoption rate is one of the five lowest nationally. The NMBBP is committed to moving New Mexico to one of the top five states.


REPORTS


Broadband for Businesses Study (June 2017)

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Business broadband connectivity is an important sector as is education, healthcare, and residential for economic development. The NM Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Office of Broadband and Geospatial Initiatives (OBGI) NM Broadband Program (NMBBP) in collaboration with the business community commissioned a Broadband for Businesses (BB4B) Study. The report creates an actionable roadmap with recommendations for improving access to affordable and reliable broadband services for businesses, An initial report, Preliminary Policy Considerations, was prepared in late 2016 that includes tools and recommendations for policymakers. This Study elaborates on those insights by evaluating the current broadband infrastructure available at business locations, develops a range of strategies for improving broadband services, and provides an estimate of costs.

Broadband for Business: Preliminary Policy Considerations (January 2017)

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The New Mexico Broadband for Business (BB4B) Policy Consideration document is the first of a series of reports focusing on a statewide assessment of broadband access to businesses. "Policy Considerations" include staffing, funding, construction, certification, partnerships, and so on. The statewide assessment or BB4B Study will provide actionable recommendations and options for the State to pursue in implementing reliable and affordable broadband for businesses. Aligning with the BB4B Study is a data acquisition component that includes a request for businesses to participate in a speed test and a short survey. Please participate by following these links:
New Mexico Broadband for Business (BB4B) Policy (PDF)

New Mexico Statewide Broadband Strategic Plan (December 2014)

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The NM Broadband Strategic Plan reports on the five years of effort by the New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP). Funding ended in January 2015 and continued funding are being pursued. The Statewide Strategic Plan describes the work products created by the NMBBP to include mapping, planning, capacity building, and technology assistance in scales that touch statewide, regional, and local interests. In addition, there are specific policy recommendations and a thorough listing of funding opportunities that the state, providers, and public can pursue to expand broadband availability and adoption within New Mexico.

New Mexico Broadband Strategic Plan (PDF)

New Mexico Broadband Digital Literacy Strategic Plan (December 2014)

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The NM Broadband Digital Literacy Strategic Plan is a statewide report on the importance of Broadband Education and Training to support Economic Development within our state. The Plan includes some comparative analyses with other states, targets strategic sectors (education, health, and economic development), describes the regional digital literacy pilots implemented throughout the state, makes a case for digital literacy as a requirement for broadband adoption, speaks to lessons learned, lists funding opportunities, and presents a number of very important policy recommendations. There is even a "Mobile Computer Lab Budget" appendix that may provide an essential service to the rural parts of the state. Lastly, as a part of this Plan, the NMBBP built a "Digital Literacy Portal" that has a solid potential to become the one-stop shop space for Digital Literacy and other educational/training materials and announcements. That website is:

New Mexico Connect: nmconnect.org

Broadband Plan - Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments (January 2015)

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The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) conducted a series of Regional Broadband Planning (RBIP) Pilots within the state that included the Southwest, Northeast, and to some degree the Northwest Regions of the state. The primary point of contact for this effort for the Southwest Region was the SW New Mexico Council of Governments (SWNMCOG). The activities included developing a planning model, conducting a supply and demand assessment, and creating a technology plan. These elements were incorporated in a strategic business plan that described funding sources and a digital literacy strategy which included a mobile lab.

SWNMCOG Strategic Plan (PDF)

Broadband Plan - Northeast Economic Development Organization (January 2015)

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The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) conducted a series of Regional Broadband Planning (RBIP) Pilots within the state that included the Southwest, Northeast, and to some degree the Northwest Regions of the state. The primary point of contact for the Northeast Region was the Northeast Economic Development Organization (NEEDO). The activities included developing a planning model, conducting a supply and demand assessment, and creating a technology plan. These elements were incorporated in a strategic business plan that included funding sources and a digital literacy strategy.

NEEDO Strategic Plan (PDF)

Broadband Summary - Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (January 2015)

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The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) conducted a series of Regional Broadband Planning (RBIP) Pilots within the state that included the Southwest, Northeast, and to some degree the Northwest Regions of the state. The primary point of contact for the Northwest Region was the NW New Mexico Council of Governments (NWNMCOG). The Northwest activities were not as comprehensive as the SW and NE Regions due to budget and issues with the ending of the grant cycle. Regardless, the NMBBP focused on project assessment and support targeting the City of Gallup, the assessment of an online workforce training center, and feasibility assistance to rural electrical cooperatives getting into the broadband business. With future funding the NMBBP will expand the NW Regional Broadband Plan.

NWNMCOG Strategic Plan (PDF)

Broadband Guide for Electric Utilities (April 2015)

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The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) commissioned the "Broadband Guide for Electric Utilities" as a companion document to the "New Mexico Community Broadband Master Plan Guidebook (March 2013). Electric Utilities, especially those who serve broadband deficient rural areas are a viable resource to provide broadband services to their customers. There are a number of options that include collaborating with existing Internet Service Providers and/or incorporating into an existing service delivery model. The "Guide" provides a broadband overview, supply and demand assessment, description of various technology types, listing of business models, capital and operating costs, revenue sources, risks, benefits, funding strategies, network considerations, and an appendix chuck full of funding sources.

Broadband Guide for Electric Utilities (PDF)

New Mexico State Broadband Assessment and Recommendations: Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development (November 2013)

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The 2012 State Library Broadband Summit documented a need to identify in an integrated manner the technology gaps within three key Business Sectors: Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development. That finding resulted in the creation of the NM Broadband Working group of subject matter experts throughout the state and the engagement of experts to assess the gaps and recommend solutions. The ensuing report is the first occurrence where these three business sectors have been assessed together to identify common issues and individual requirements towards policy, funding, and administrative framework.

New Mexico Broadband Assessment and Recommendations (PDF)

New Mexico Broadband Availability Assessment Report (October 2013)

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The State of New Mexico, through the New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and its data collection and mapping team Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at The University of New Mexico, submitted the October 1, 2013 New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) data package to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in compliance with their State Broadband Initiative Program (SBI). Following the data submittal, the NMBBP identified that broadband availability/coverage is overestimated in the State of New Mexico. This document describes the methodology used to assess broadband availability in New Mexico.

New Mexico Broadband Availability Assessment Report (PDF)

New Mexico Statewide Parcel Data (June 2013)

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This publication reporting on the "New Mexico Statewide Parcel Data" was supported by the data and application tools developed by the NM Broadband Program (NMBBP). The NMBBP authored a "GeoLocator" tool that took raw assessor data and converted into "parcel centroids" that were mapped and compared to broadband provider data for verification. This effort was provided to the NM Taxation and Revenue Department and used to develop a Statewide Parcel Information Service that incorporated a Federal Cadastral Standard. This publication resulted from this very unique implementation.

New Mexico Statewide Parcel Data (PDF)

Broadband Subscription and Internet Use in New Mexico (June 2013)

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This report provides an analysis of patterns and barriers to broadband adoption in New Mexico, supported by a statewide survey of households within New Mexico. The survey queried home internet access and internet technologies; barriers to home access; patterns of internet use both in the home and outside the home; digital literacy and access to resources to enhance digital literacy. In addition, the survey collected a wide range of socioeconomic and demographic information, including geographical location, from the survey participants.

Broadband Subscription and Internet Use in New Mexico (PDF)

New Mexico Community Broadband Master Plan Guidebook (March 2013)

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A guidebook exploring a range of technical, business, and partnership models to help communities find the best approach to providing broadband to all its citizens.

New Mexico Community Broadband Master Plan Guidebook (PDF)

New Mexico Regional Broadband Implementation Plan Framework (September 2012)

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A report secured by the NM Broadband Program to provide a working framework towards the collaborative planning, design, and implementation of Broadband Infrastructure within regional areas of New Mexico.

New Mexico Regional Broadband Implementation Plan Framework (PDF)

Statewide Broadband Summit: Final Report (August 2012)

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After reviewing the challenges to ensuring internet broadband access to all throughout the state, New Mexicans are calling for a range of reforms. These proposed reforms were developed during the Statewide Broadband Summit, held August 3, 2012 in Albuquerque. The summit produced a platform of 18 recommendations, of which 14 garnered support from at least 80% of the participants.

Statewide Broadband Summit: Final Report (PDF)


VIDEOS


The New Mexico Broadband Initiative


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Broadband and Education in New Mexico


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Broadband's Impact on Healthcare in New Mexico


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