WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $108,449,191 in Infrastructure Law funding to four New Mexico-based companies to expand reliable, affordable, high-speed internet for residents in seven counties. The funding will be delivered through USDA’s Rural Development Reconnect Loan and Grant Program.
“Improved access to reliable high-speed internet means improved access to education, health care, and economic opportunity,” said Heinrich. “Thanks to the Infrastructure Law, we are delivering major federal investments to develop the infrastructure needed to connect more New Mexicans to these services.”
“The lack of internet infrastructure in our rural communities has contributed immensely to the digital divide,” said Luján. “That’s why I’m pleased to welcome USDA’s investment boosting broadband infrastructure and high-speed internet access in our rural communities in New Mexico. A connection to the internet is a connection to your community, education, health care, and economic opportunities for all."
Senators Heinrich and Luján fought to include $65 billion in the Infrastructure Law to ensure New Mexicans have access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet through a historic investment in broadband infrastructure deployment.
Senators Heinrich and Luján announced the following funding: