Broadband connects the dots in telecom

-A A +A
By Sherry Robinson

It’s another one of those lists with New Mexico bringing up the rear. The subject is broadband access.

New Mexico ranks 46th nationally in Internet use and 36th in broadband (high-speed Internet) telecommunications, according to the U. S. Department of Commerce. About 78 percent of New Mexicans have DSL, compared with 82 percent nationally; 77 percent have access to cable modem, compared with 96 percent nationally.

This isn’t just the stuff of computer geeks. When potential outside employers look us over, they want to know about “connectivity,” and our economic developers usually have to change the subject.

Also, broadband holds the key to work-at-home jobs and home-based businesses that could do wonders for small towns.

It seems like New Mexico has always been behind the curve in telecom access, whatever the technology. It’s the old problem of great distances, small population and money, and it’s particularly acute in rural areas.

Lately, a new test by the Federal Communications Commission shows New Mexico among the nation’s worst in download speeds. We can’t even say, Thank God for Mississippi this time. The labs, the universities and portions of Albuquerque are competitive; the rest of the state isn’t. In upload speeds we look a little better.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday