In 2013, REDINet launched in Northern New Mexico with $74 million in federal funding.
Northern New Mexico submitted three applications for federal stimulus funding under Round 2 of the Broadband Opportunities Technology Program (BTOP) in the Department of Commerce and the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) in the US Department of Agriculture. It received $74 million in funding in August 2010 (Northern New Mexico receives $74 million in federal stimulus funds, Aug 2010).
Known as “REDI Open Networks,” the three applications will create a seamless, fiber optic broadband backbone infrastructure that connects four counties, three municipalities, seven federally recognized tribes and 415 community anchor institutions in Northern New Mexico. The applications include:
The City of Santa Fe for Santa Fe e-Cequia. This is a request for $7 million in BTOP funding for a fiber ring that will connect Santa Fe Studios, major business parks, Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Indian School, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and county and city community anchor institutions. The total cost of the Santa Fe e-Cequia project is $10 million, including a $3 million cash and in-kind match from the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. Santa Fe’s application was a finalist for the first round of broadband funding which was announced in the summer of 2009.
The North Central New Mexico Economic Development District for REDI Net. This is a request for $10 million in BTOP funding for a middle-mile fiber network that covers Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and northern Santa Fe counties, the City of Española and the Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque. REDI Net includes partnerships with seven last-mile service providers, including Tewa Communications, who received a $1.2 million award from the USDA Rural Utilities Service in the first round of broadband funding. Partners in the application who contributed to a $4.3 million match include Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Telecom, Rio Arriba County, Los Alamos County, the City of Espanola, Northern New Mexico College, and Los Alamos National Security, which provided a $170,000 cash match for the project.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative and Telecom applied for approximately $44 million in loans and $19 million in grants from BIP for a fiber network to reach 29 communities including Taos and Picuris Pueblos, comprising roughly 20,500 households, 3,600 businesses, and 183 critical community institutions. In addition to communications and other uses, the project will support smart metering, distributed generation and smart grid/green grid for Kit Carson Electric.
REDI Open Networks are:
- providing high-speed bandwidth to community anchor institutions and last-mile providers that is not currently available in the market;
- offering multiple options for transport, and
- allowing last-mile providers to access new markets, increasing customer choice and affordability.
As publically-owned open networks, the infrastructure and bandwidth will be available to all service providers, reducing costs for the consumer. Based upon 144 count fiber optical cable delivering Metro Ethernet services up to Gigabit Ethernet speeds, the networks are capable of supporting multiple applications and uses, including internet, communications, education and distance learning, telemedicine and Emergency Medical Records, next generation public safety and cyber security, economic development and the smart grid/green grid.
For more information, contact
Eric Vasquez, REDI Program Manager
Links to Documents:
Northern New Mexico receives $74 million in federal stimulus funds, Aug 2010
REDI Open Networks Briefing
Kit Carson Electric Briefing
REDI Net Network Map
Santa Fe e-Cequia Network Map