Cooperatives Partner to Provide Fiber Internet Pilot in Grants, N.M.

  • Continental Divide Electric Cooperative
  • Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
  • Pulse Broadband
TAOS, NM and GRANTS, NM — New Mexico-based Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (Kit Carson) and Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (CDEC) have entered into a three-year agreement to build fiber optic Internet communications in Grants, N.M.

The pilot project enables CDEC to begin upgrading its headquarters and Grants substation with state-of-the-art communications technology, which, in turn, will create an opportunity for Grants businesses and residents to subscribe to reliable and cost-effective broadband Internet access, as cooperative members.

"Grants, New Mexico, has long been underserved and has lacked the necessary infrastructure to develop high-speed connectivity for communications," CDEC CEO Robert Castillo said. "Advancing communication through fiber-optic technology in the 21st century has similar potential to the development of electricity in rural America in the 20th Century."

A New Tool for Economic Development
KCEC's proposal was among several evaluated by CDEC in 2016. "The partnership is a perfect fit, given that both entities are not-for-profit service providers," Castillo said. The partnershp provides Cibola County, in northwest New Mexico, an additional tool for economic development.

The fiber-based communications will run through the heart of Grants, eventually connecting to CDEC's Bluewater, N.M., substations. It will increase the efficiency of the co-op's electric facilities. As the fiber backbone is deployed, broadband Internet will be made available to local businesses and residents. CDEC has retained Pulse Broadband for engineering and design services.

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