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2021 Capitol Report March 5

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The New Mexico Senate has approved a bill establishing a new state office to develop internet infrastructure to serve New Mexicans.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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It’s widely known that “Broadband”… or high-speed internet service is sorely lacking across many parts of New Mexico. Now, State Senator Michael Padilla, an Albuquerque Democrat says the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the limitations this creates for students and educators, workers, and every New Mexican needing to connect a multitude of services and resources for everyday life.

Padilla’s Senate Bill 93 appropriates nearly one-million dollars FY22 to establish and operate the office of broadband access and expansion and for the hire of up to five employees to support the operation of the broadband office.

The Democrat has high hopes for the proposed office:

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Padilla and Senate Democrats say generous federal matching funds have the potential of multiplying investments made to the point where every one-dollar spent in broadband by the state has the potential to unlock up to 13-dollars in matching funds. The office will help ensure that New Mexico leverages these resources to maximize every investment as the infrastructure gets built out.

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

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