Albuquerque, May 13, 2011 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to Mora, New Mexico to celebrate the successful application for funds by La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative to expand its broadband service to its customers.
During the obligation of funding ceremony Brunner said, “USDA and the Obama Administration are excited to provide Recovery Act financing for a project that will deliver broadband to traditionally underserved communities in Mora County.” Brunner added, “In this day and 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 $11,856,832 project was funded by a loan/grant package through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service Broadband Infrastructure Program. The fiber optic service will be provided to customers that are located in very rural areas and have limited or no access to broadband service. The fiber to the premise (FTTP) service offering will provide the highest speed capabilities for future applications such as video services.
Once completed, the fiber optics lines will replace old copper telephone lines that cannot provide the service offered by the new technology. In addition to the broadband services that the fiber optic lines will provide, subscribers will also be offered telephone service over the new system.
The entire town of Mora and the surrounding communities of Cleveland, Holman, Abuelo, Ledoux and Rainsville will see the new broadband service being installed. All together 67 business establishments and 1,135 households or about 3,000 people will have access to the new communications system.
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