Rural NM to get high-speed Internet
Posted at: 07/27/2012 8:18 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - More of rural New Mexico will get high-speed Internet over the next three years as a part of the first phase of the Federal Communications Commission's "Connect America Fund."
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) says almost 8,000 New Mexico residents will get high-speed internet access under the program, which is giving $2.3 million in grants to CenturyLink and Windstream to build broadband infrastructure for rural New Mexico homes and businesses.
Udall says that nearly 47 percent of New Mexico's rural population, or about 220,000 people, still lack access to high-speed internet. The "Connect America Fund" aims to connect all 19 million rural Americans by 2020.
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