New Mexico Broadband Program
The New Mexico Broadband Program’s two major objectives are to define broadband availability and enhance its adoption. We are accomplishing these goals through several statewide projects.
Acquiring customer and service area data twice yearly from each of the broadband telecommunication providers in New Mexico. These data are used to produce a Web map of areas being serviced by broadband and by which technologies. This map is updated after each data cycle.
Collecting Community Anchor Institution data, including potential and existing broadband sites within New Mexico, to support CASA (Community Anchor Site Assessment).
You can use the interactive New Mexico Broadband Map at: www.nmbbmapping.org
Creating a “New Mexico Broadband Adoption Model” that, coupled with the availability mapping, we use to engage other broadband funded projects and the broadband providers within New Mexico and to develop opportunities for integration and collaboration in the areas of construction, education, marketing, and socio-economic analysis, with an emphasis on enhancing adoption. This is accomplished through:
- Use of the adoption model.
- Deployment of online surveys to collect information about community anchor institutions.
- Hosting seminars throughout the state.
Forming a statewide Collaborative Committee, together with Working Groups that represent various “use sectors” (Business, Education, TeleHealth, Native Nations, etc.). These groups form a core component to a number of conferences and focus forums to identify gaps, clarify issues, and provide “action” items toward solutions (legislation, funding, construction, regulation, etc.). All of these efforts will be incorporated into the New Mexico Broadband Strategic Master Plan.
Creating a Municipal/Tribal Broadband Master Planning Guide to assist tribal and local governments in the planning and implementation of broadband within their communities.
Developing Crowd Sourcing technology to facilitate the update and maintenance of CASA, DLR (Digital Literacy Resource; see below), provider data, broadband availability, and other data needing periodic updates.
Developing a Digital Literacy Resource (DLR) to marry the state’s facilities, content, and instructors to support the public in identifying educational opportunities within their communities.
Conducting a Native Lands Data Acquisition Pilot with a selection of tribes to support telecommunication customer locales, enhance emergency service deployment, and provide education opportunities including Digital Literacy for Beginners and Businesses.