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Connect New Mexico Pilot Program

Announcements and Press Releases

On Friday, September 23, 2022 the OBAE hosted a Zoom webinar about the FCC Map Challenge.

Link to webinar

Overview

The Connect New Mexico Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”) aims to bridge the digital divide and foster socioeconomic progress by providing infrastructure grants for broadband deployment to unserved and underserved communities across New Mexico.

 

Funding Source

Funding for the Pilot Program is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Legislature, through House Bill 2, appropriated $123,066,812 from the Capital for expenditure by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) in fiscal years 2022 through 2025 to “plan, design, construct, renovate and equip broadband, including alternative and satellite broadband, statewide.”

 

Program Administrator

Senate Bill 93 established the New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion (“Office of Broadband”) to coordinate state and local broadband efforts. The Office of Broadband is administratively attached to DoIT.

Program Resources

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The NOFO formally establishes the funding opportunity for the Connect New Mexico Pilot Program. Please review the NOFO to learn about the program purpose, eligibility factors (e.g., project types, service areas, entities), allowable expenditures, key performance requirements (e.g., network performance, service offerings), evaluation criteria, and compliance requirements.

Link to NOFO

Scoring Guide

The Scoring Guide provides a detailed overview of the selection criteria. The Scoring Guide identifies the specific categories and consideration factors by which applications will be evaluated. The Scoring Guide aims to provide a methodical, structured approach to comprehensively and consistently evaluate applications and select the most promising applications.

Link to Scoring Guide

Application

The Application comprises of several questions and other information requests. The Application must be fully completed. Otherwise, the Application will be determined incomplete and not be reviewed.

Link to Application

Templates

Please use these templates when preparing your application:

Interactive Broadband Map

The Interactive Broadband Map delineates unserved and undeserved areas. Areas not designated as unserved or underserved may still be eligible for funding if the Applicant can provide fact-based evidence that the proposed funded service area meet the Pilot Program’s definition of unserved or underserved. Please see the NOFO regarding the official definition of unserved and underserved.

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ aims to answer commonly asked questions. This FAQ will be posted soon based on feedback received from participants and other stakeholders.

Link to FAQ

Webinars and Technical Assistance

Upcoming Webinars:

    Previous Webinars:

    • FCC Map Challenge Webinar, Friday, September 23. Link to webinar
    • Application Intake Portal Overview, Thursday, September 15, 12:00 PM DMT. Webinar slides coming soon…
    • Interactive Broadband Map Overview, Tuesday, August 23, 12:00 PM MDT, presented by the EDAC team. Link to webinar slides
    • Scoring Guide Overview, Monday, August 22, 12:00 PM MDT. Link to webinar slides
    • Application Overview, Friday, August 19, 12:00 PM MDT. Link to webinar slides
    • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Overview, Wednesday, August 17, 12:00 PM MDT. Link to webinar slides

      Application Intake Portal

      All applicants must submit their applications and all materials through the Application Intake Portal.

      Link to Application Intake Portal

      Questions

      Email for questions about this program and application:  BroadbandPilot@state.nm.us