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Friday, October 16, 2009

Udall Announces ABQ Firm to Receive $1 Million to Expand Rural Broadband Access

Senator Tom Udall announced yesterday that the Albuquerque business Agavue, LLC will receive $1.12 million to build computer centers in Cerillos and Manzano. These centers will each contain 10 computers with printers, technical support and high speed broadband Internet service, according to a statement released by Udall's office.

In addition to the wireless broadband services that will be made available to the community residents, the Community Connect centers will provide employment opportunities as well as training on Internet usage.

“Broadband access is an essential tool for economic development in New Mexico’s rural communities. This funding will provide for new technology centers equipped with computers and a staff to teach new users how navigate the Internet,” Udall said. “I commend Agavue’s efforts to spread broadband access to all corners of the state.”

The funding will comes from two grants administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service Community Connect Broadband Grant Program.

“We are extremely pleased by the confidence that Rural Utilities Service has shown in our company to deliver this much needed new broadband internet service to these two deserving communities. We will begin immediately building our new WiFi broadband network to Cerillos and Manzano,” Scott Schooley, CEO of Agavue, LLC said.

Agavue, LLC is one of the largest Internet service providers in New Mexico.

October 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM in Broadband, NM Congressional Delegation, Rural Issues, Sen. Tom Udall, Web/Tech | Permalink


I hope this isn't what the rural broadband access initiative is that Obama was talking about a year ago? BTW, when is that part of our infrastructure going to be started so you don't have to live in a city in order to get even DSL?

Posted by: Kerrie | Oct 17, 2009 6:00:36 AM