Albuquerque, NM, Nov 17, 2010 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to Manzano, New Mexico in Torrance County to help celebrate the community’s access to the internet.
The $560,000 project was funded through USDA Rural Development’s Community Connect program. The grant money was made available to Agave Broadband to provide the service to this small community in central New Mexico.
As he addressed the audience during the dedication ceremony Brunner said, “This project helps connect Manzano, New Mexico to all the resources made available through the internet.” Brunner added, “In this day in age, internet access is essential for the survival of our rural communities. Whether students are looking for information for a research project, farmers are checking on crop prices or businesses are selling products on-line; the internet opens up a world of possibilities for this small community.”
The new high speed wireless broadband system will provide service to those living in and around the Manzano area. Also, the funding paid for the renovation of the Manzano Community Center which now has 10 work stations equipped with computers and printers ready for those citizens that do not have access to a computer. Currently 55 customers have signed up for installation of the broadband system at their homes.
Agave Broadband worked closely with the community to bring in the wireless communication system by partnering with the Manzano Land Grant to secure property next to the Manzano Land Grant Building. Through negotiations and a land purchase a 100 foot tall communication tower was erected on that property which will support Agave’s equipment and other communication company’s equipment and provide the Land Grant with extra revenue.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov