REDI Net To Benefit Locals Infinitely  

 
Imagine public schools in Rio Arriba County (RAC) having access to state-of-the art technologies, which benefits students by offering the most up-to-date educational tools in math, science, English and world economics. Imagine that same technology being used by local businesses to power up through solar energy, or being used by doctors to diagnose patients without them having to leave the comfort of their own homes. Many citizens aren’t aware, but now the county has that exact potential and the enabling resource that is REDI Net, can now be used to empower locals infinitely. This $13.4 million dollar project, funded by grants, local governments and local pueblos,  is an open access high speed broadband network that will provide a middle mile backbone infrastructure as well as fiber-to-the-premise for qualified healthcare facilities, educational institutions and government agencies.  REDI Net is partnering with last-mile providers to reach private homes and businesses with higher speeds than currently available with DSL and other existing technology.


“Rio Arriba County is a proud partner in this initiative and we are excited to see how it will benefit our communities presently and in the future,” said Assistant County Manager, David Trujillo, who sits on the REDI Net board.  Other joint partners include: City of Española, Los Alamos County, North Central NM Economic Development District, Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Tesuque, Santa Fe County with Pueblo of San Idelfonso.


According to Duncan Sill, REDI Net staff member, the primary targets of improvement within local communities are education, economic development, health care, public safety, water resource management, energy development, technology transfer and innovation.


“People in Rio Arriba need to know what resources are available to them and how they can benefit,” said Sill. “We are at a point where we can educate the public on how this resource will impact every citizen in a positive way. Imagine the possibilities of our healthcare system progressing dramatically. We could reach and diagnose our seniors in our County community centers through a touch of a button. Our communities can be just as advanced as larger metro cities and now it’s just a matter of time before this technology advances us forward.”


Currently REDI Net is fully functional in most of the northern New Mexico region and construction is still taking place in the Los Alamos area. To learn more, go to www.redinetnm.org.  


-Erika L. Martinez, April 24, 2013