March 12, 2021 – Broadband expansion. According to New Mexico’s governor, it’s “the most urgently needed infrastructure investment we can make as a state.” And there are many in agreement with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Connectivity is essential for rural New Mexicans to even the playing field with their urban cousins when it comes to education and jobs. The state Senate and the House recently passed bills to create the New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion. Critics, however, are skeptical that creating a new government agency will solve the problem.
The Line Opinion Panel:
Diane Denish, former lieutenant governor
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School professor
For More Information:
New Mexico Senate Passes Bill for New Broadband Internet Office – Las Cruces Sun News
New Mexico Senate Passes Bill Creating State Division to Upgrade Broadband – Santa Fe New Mexican