October 15, 2009

Udall: ABQ Firm to Receive $1 Million to Expand Rural Broadband Access

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today announced that Albuquerque business, Agavue, LLC will receive $1.12 million to build computer centers in Cerillos and Manzano. These centers will contain 10 computers with printers, technical support and high speed broadband Internet service.

In addition to the wireless broadband services that will be made available to the community residents, the Community Connect centers will provide employment opportunities as well as training on Internet usage.

“Broadband access is an essential tool for economic development in New Mexico’s rural communities. This funding will provide for new technology centers equipped with computers and a staff to teach new users how navigate the Internet,” Udall said. “I commend Agavue’s efforts to spread broadband access to all corners of the state.”

The funding will comes from two grants administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service Community Connect Broadband Grant Program.

“We are extremely pleased by the confidence that Rural Utilities Service has shown in our company to deliver this much needed new broadband internet service to these two deserving communities. We will begin immediately building our new WiFi broadband network to Cerillos and Manzano,” Scott Schooley, CEO of Agavue, LLC said.

Agavue, LLC is one of the largest Internet service providers in New Mexico.