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2021 Capitol Report, February 11

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A bill seeking to provide high-speed internet access across New Mexico passed the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee this week with strong bi-partisan support.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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The Connect New Mexico Act wouldn’t solve the divide between mostly urban New Mexicans with broadband internet and mostly rural residents who lack access to high-speed data. But House Bill ten would create a plan assessing the state’s current broadband infrastructure and more.

Albuquerque Democratic Representative Natalie Figueroa is one of eight co-sponsors of the measure:

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The point that high-speed internet is very limited outside of New Mexico’s urban areas was proven during a recent Legislative Committee hearing on HB-Ten. While Navajo teacher Danielle Jim was sharing her thoughts on the need for broadband, her sound suddenly became distorted… then went out… for good.

The panel approved the measure on a vote of eight in favor-to-one-opposed. It now goes on to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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