1:54PM February 08, 2018
Your not-for-profit co-op’s internet service is now available to residents and businesses along West High Street and West Santa Fe Avenue and some households located on Water Tank Hill. Those interested in subscribing should register on this site, bookmark this page for future updates and regularly view the map for new service availability.
By the end of the year, most of Grants will be able to subscribe. CDEC then plans to expand its broadband system into nearby areas such as the Village of Milan, Bluewater Village and San Rafael.CDEC offers symmetrical internet service that allows information to be sent at the same speed it's delivered, according to the co-op’s Information Technology and Broadband Project Manager Cesar Martin.
“This is known as ‘symmetrical speed’ which has become desirable, and even necessary to take advantage of cloud-based backups, computing through cloud-based applications, gaming, high-definition video streaming and the increasing use of multiple devices accessing the internet, simultaneously. Our robust, fiber-based platform will enhance the users’ ability to utilize the internet for telephone and video/web conferencing,” he said.
To put CDEC’s internet speed – and, more importantly, its need – into better perspective, according to the most recent Federal Communication Commission’s report, most rural Americans lack access to what is currently considered the benchmark for “broadband” internet speed. The FCC’s benchmark is 25 Mbps download speed, and 3 Mbps upload speed. The 2016 report found that 96 percent of the population in Cibola County did not have access to the FCC’s definition of broadband internet, which has become critical to the quality of life and economic development in the 21st century.
“We looked at this from all facets and determined it’s an important investment for our communities and members. And, our co-op is best positioned to offer high-speed internet through fiber-optic connection,” CDEC CEO Robert E. Castillo said.
CDEC’s effort is in step with a movement happening throughout the country. “Kit Carson Electric Co-op in Taos began a similar fiber-to-the-home project in 2010, and nationwide nearly 100 electric cooperatives are embracing the movement with growing support from our federal government. It’s a viable investment for a not-for-profit cooperative that owns the infrastructure, to improve its communities with these services,” Castillo said.
Finally, as a not-for-profit organization, CDEC will reinvest margins from its internet service into the development and maintenance of broadband infrastructure and services throughout our local communities.