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NM Fiber Network, LLC to Build Statewide Fiber Network in New Mexico

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“The state’s high-speed fiber optic network is critical to providing midstream and broadband access to all areas of New Mexico,” said John Badal, spokesperson for the New Mexico Broadband Initiative Consortium and CEO of Sacred. Wind Communications, Inc.

Eleven New Mexico telephone companies and Internet service providers announced today that they have joined to form the NM Fiber Network, LLC. The new company announced the launch of a multi-year, multi-million dollar network across New Mexico to build capacity, improve internet access and reliability, and prepare New Mexicans for the future. The company’s formation comes at a crucial time for the state of New Mexico, as federal and state agencies prepare to distribute billions of dollars in broadband subsidies under the Broadband Equity Program. , Access, and Deployment (BEAD), established by the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act.

This effort was spearheaded by the New Mexico Broadband Initiative Consortium, which the Governor’s office has tasked with developing a statewide broadband roadmap. The result was a group of rural incumbent local exchange carriers that came together to create the new fiber network. It will provide a new foundation for bridging the digital divide in New Mexico.

“The NM fiber network and current proprietary member fiber systems span thousands of miles across New Mexico and are well positioned to enable the expansion and extension of the mid-mile infrastructure of the New Mexico to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas,” said Josh Beug, general manager, Tularosa Basin Telephone Cooperative.

“The state’s high-speed fiber optic network is critical to providing midstream and broadband access to all areas of New Mexico,” said John Badal, spokesperson for the New Mexico Broadband Initiative Consortium and CEO of Sacred. Wind Communications, Inc.

New Mexico Fiber Network will partner with INDATEL, a NATIONAL NETWORK dedicated to providing the best cost-effective transportation connectivity via fiber optic routes in rural and metropolitan areas. INDATEL can provide reliable bandwidth solutions in rural and underserved markets. INDATEL is connected to more than 30 other statewide networks and more than 700 independent rural telephone providers.

“We are thrilled that NM Fiber Network is establishing a statewide network in New Mexico and will work with us,” said Mel Wagner Jr., CEO of INDATEL Services. “We are pleased to work with NM Fiber Network and help them monetize and expand their network. Additionally, due to their state network, INDATEL is a critical partner for rural ILECs as the footprint of ‘INDATEL spans much of the United States.’

“By joining together, we will be able to leverage our combined and complementary strengths to reach statewide and promote broadband deployment, said Glenn Lovelace, CEO of Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative and President of NM Fiber Network. “We will work with Connect NM Council, State Education Network, Tribal Fiber Networks, New Mexico Exchange Carrier Group and related departments within the state – i.e. Department of Public Information and Technology, the State Broadband Office and the Department of Transportation – create an effective action plan.

About NM Fiber Network, LLC

The founding companies of NM Fiber Network, LLC are Baca Valley Telephone Company, Inc., Dell Telephone Cooperative, Inc., ENMR Telephone Cooperative, La Jicarita Rural Telephone Cooperative, Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Peñasco Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. , Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Sacred Wind Communications, Inc., Tularosa Communications, Inc., Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and Western New Mexico Telephone Company, Inc. NM Fiber Network will focus on providing fiber optic broadband backbone capabilities to landlords and other telecommunications providers and direct business customers such as hospitals, schools and government agencies. To visit http://www.nmfibernetwork.com to learn more about NM Fiber Network.

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