Stimulus Boosts NM Broadband

New Mexico – Communities in eastern New Mexico and West Texas will see expanded broadband Internet access thanks to an investment of more than $11 million by the federal government.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the Recovery Act funding will help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth and improve education and health care in the region.

State and federal officials say the funding will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 200 community institutions throughout the region, including schools, public safety organizations, health care facilities and government offices.

The effort also will lay the groundwork for bringing affordable broadband service to homes and businesses.

The funds will allow ENMR Telephone Cooperative to install miles of new fiber-optic lines.

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