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Most students in New Mexico now have high-speed internet access

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Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday that 110,000 more New Mexico students have access to high-speed internet at school than two years ago.

Martinez began an initiative in 2015 to connect every New Mexico student with high-speed internet at school by the 2018 school year. Now 99 percent of New Mexico’s public schools have access to high-speed internet, up from 89 percent in 2015, and the partnerships leveraged through the initiative have reduced costs to connect students by more than 60 percent.
“High-speed internet is a necessity today,” said Martinez, “and progress like this will help more of our students and teachers have more of the digital tools and experience they need.”

Governor Martinez’s initiative brings together a partnership of state agencies, national nonprofits and internet service providers. State agencies include the Public Education Department, the Department of Information Technology and the Public Schools Capital Outlay Council. The national nonprofit is the EducationSuperHighway. The partnership leverages $49 million state funds with additional federal E-Rate program funding to purchase, upgrade and install high-speed internet access for schools throughout New Mexico.