REDI Net Project Update

REDI Net Project Manager, Tobey Johnson, briefing the board on construction updates. Photo Courtesy of REDI Net Coordinator, Monica Abeita.


On Wednesday, December 15, a board was selected and updated on the much-anticipated REDI Net Project: the collaborated effort between several entities, including Rio Arriba County, to bring high-speed internet to several parts of Northern New Mexico. Duncan Sill of Santa Fe County was elected board chair, Joe Garcia of Ohkay Owingeh was elected vice chair, Laura Gonzalez of Los Alamos County was elected secretary/treasurer and Tim Armer of the North Central New Mexico Economic Development Project was elected as the communications contact.

Toby Johnson, the project coordinator, informed the board that underground drilling for the project has been on schedule and has been completed throughout Santa Fe, and the Tesuque and Pojuaque Pueblos. Currently, about 1,000 feet have been drilled through Los Alamos County. As far as fiber placement, 66,000 feet have been laid, with only 7,000 remaining along US Highway 84/285; 14,000 feet have been laid throughout Los Alamos County. Currently 69 pole replacements have taken place and cost-sharing agreements are being negotiated with Jemez Electric. Until those agreements are finalized, fiber installation is pending in the Española area.

Additionally, the REDI Net project team is considering two alternative routes to Los Alamos County through San Idelfonso Pueblo.  Discussions are underway with the San Idelfonso Pueblo, DOE, Los Alamos County and other parties regarding these routes. Updates will be posted.  

To read more on the REDI Net Project, link here.

-Erika Martinez, December 2011