Agriculture State Director for New Mexico Terry Brunner speaks at the $64 million broadband fiber-to-the-home project groundbreaking ceremony held by the Kit Carson Electric Co-op (KCEC) on Friday, Aug. 17, 2011 in Taos, NM. KCECâs project to build an emergency command and communications center for the region is now complete and the two projects are linked since the command center will act as project headquarters for the broadband build-out. The rural broadband project will extend 100 mbps service at very affordable rates to over 20,000 rural residents of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba counties in NM. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided 70 percent of the dollars and 30 percent came from the Co-op. In addition to economic development, educational, public safety and healthcare applications, the broadband project will also enable âsmart gridâ and âgreen gridâ applications with increased opportunities for new jobs. USDA photo by A. J. Carian.
May 20, 2014
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