The Highs and Lows of Building and Maintaining a Multi-Jurisdictional Community Broadband Fiber Network

June 25th – 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Quandary Peak 3

REDI Net is a fiber optic high-speed, open access, community middle-mile broadband network located in Northern New Mexico.  Community broadband is owned and operated like other public infrastructure such as streets and water systems, rather than by a private corporation. REDI Net is owned and operated by a consortium of local and tribal governments in Northern New Mexico made up of Rio Arriba County, Los Alamos County, Santa Fe County, the City of Española, North Central New Mexico Economic District, Tesuque Pueblo, the Pueblo of Pojoaque, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Ohkay Owingeh.

REDI Net has its roots in the 2008 regional economic development effort called REDI, which stands for Northern New Mexico Regional Economic Development Initiative. REDI identified high-speed broadband as the region’s number one infrastructure priority, resulting in an application for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. This presentation will go over the success and challenges of negotiating these partnerships, implementing them and bringing them to life and what happens when it is time to shift into maintenance and operations.