U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that almost 8,000 rural New Mexico residents will gain high-speed internet access within the next three years as a part of the first phase of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Connect America Fund.” Udall is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications issues.
Broadband and telecommunications companies CenturyLink and Windstream will receive $2.3 million to build broadband infrastructure for New Mexico homes and businesses that currently lack high-speed internet access, connecting them to the $8 trillion global internet economy.
“Broadband is a platform for economic growth,” said Udall. “High-speed internet should be available to all, so that everyone in New Mexico can take advantage of new technologies to grow their businesses and improve access to healthcare and education.” Currently, nearly 47 percent of New Mexico’s rural population, or approximately 220,000 people, lack access to high speed internet. In its first phase, the “Connect America Fund” will implement projects to expand the broadband infrastructure to rural areas in 37 states, which will provide nearly 400,000 homes and business with high-speed internet access. The “Connect America Fund” aims to connect all 19 million unserved rural Americans by 2020.
Miller Waldrop ribbon cutting
The Ruidoso Valley Greeters performed a ribbon cutting for the new Miller Waldrop Furniture Store at 26143 Highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs Thursday, July 26. Miller Waldrop hosted their big grand opening on Saturday, July 28. The staff at Miller Waldrop encourages residents of Lincoln County to stop by and see the beautiful home furnishings they are displaying. Becky and Kent Waldrop will be running this store.
Photo courtesy of Ruidoso Valley Greeters
Everyone is a winner
Everyone’s a winner at Children’s Dental Clinic of Ruidoso. Congratulations to Eunice Second, who won a Nintendo DSi and game. Her name was chosen from the drawing at the Mescalero Annual Community Health Fair.
From Dr. Childress and staff a big thank you to all of the Mescalero families for their support and business.
Children’s Dental Clinic of Ruidoso offers the most comprehensive dental care for children 19 and younger. Offering braces. Medicaid and most dental insurances accepted. The office is located at 721 Mechem Dr., in the Sierra Mall (next to Lawrence Brothers). Evening and after school appointments (open Fridays). Call 575-257-0246 for more information (Se habla español).