REDI Net Moves Closer to Lighting up the Network

The REDI Net Board of Directors is on a fast-track to completing the state-of-the-art, open access network that will provide fiber-to-the-premise for 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. These enhanced services will be delivered at competitive prices.

 
Thus far, Phase I of the project is near complete. Phase I includes burying underground fiber and installing aerial connections on Jemez Electric Cooperative and Los Alamos County electric poles between Santa Fe and the Española Valley as well as into Embudo, Los Alamos and White Rock. Phase II will be completed by the end of 2012 and is comprised of additional routes that entail supplemental environmental approvals pending at BTOP. 


“This project is the result of unprecedented cooperation between diverse partnering entities working well together to assure that Northern New Mexico has the ability to keep up with technological developments,” said REDI Net board member Lorenzo Valdez. 


According to Valdez, the project is going to give the local area a chance to significantly enhance the technological abilities available, and to advance six identified objectives in the region: strengthening the private sector, primarily in areas of technology, media, renewable energy and green industry; providing access to markets and services for remote home-based businesses and residents; providing adequate bandwidth for 21st century applications at the region’s schools, community and four-year colleges; supporting distance learning and telemedicine applications upon which rural residents depend and is a critical element in reducing health care costs; leveraging resources with rural electric cooperatives on the green grid and smart metering; and  providing secure and efficient networks for public safety services, homeland security and emergency response.


Individual households and businesses will be able to purchase these broadband services through third-party providers. These private partners must first submit an application and enter into a Service Level Agreement with REDI Net to become a provider. As of now, four applications have been submitted. 


According to Valdez, the project is expected to be fully functional for the delivery of services to Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) partners before the end of the year. To find out more about the REDI Net, go to www.redinetnm.org.  

-Lorenzo Valdez, Monica Abeita, Erika Martinez, August 2012