Broadband Collective

The New Mexico Broadband Collective consists of funders and nonprofit organizations committed to ensuring access to the Internet in “hard to connect communities” in the state of New Mexico. It is well established that COVID 19 disproportionately affected BIPOC, Native and rural communities in New Mexico.  Broadband is essential for healthcare, education and employment. The New Mexico Broadband Collective is comprised of cross sector representation, including foundations, nonprofit organizations, government, business and community leaders. The Collective steering committee consists of the following individuals:

  • Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Co-chair
  • Alvin Warren, Co-Chair, LANL Foundation
  • Barrett Brunner, Grants County Community Foundation
  • Annmarie McLaughlin, Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • JoAnn Melchor, New Mexico Foundation
  • Amanda Montoya, Chamiza Foundation
  • Allan Oliver, Thornburg Foundation
  • Joohee Rand, Anchorum St. Vincent Foundation
  • Dolores Roybal, Con Alma Health Foundation
  • Randy Royster, Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Terra Winters, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico 

Backbone Support for the NM BB Collective is provided by the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, including Frank Rene Lopez, Danielle LaJoie and Jackie Miramontes.

Purpose Statement: The New Mexico (NM) Broadband Initiative is made up of a diverse group of funders and nonprofits throughout New Mexico that believe it is necessary to have a statewide approach to ensuring broadband services for all New Mexicans, especially in our most rural communities, native communities, and communities impacted by the lack of broadband connectivity - to promote coordination of funding, resources, collaborative conversations, legislative efforts, and to amplify our statewide partnership efforts. 

Information Hub.  The Information Hub is housed at NMAG.  We are in the process of developing an enhanced website to provide information on broadband efforts, legislation, funding opportunities and collective strategies.  

There are over 70 individuals convening and working on specific tasks to ensure we accomplish the Collective’s Purpose.  Below is the list of Working Groups:

Coordination Group.  The Coordination Work group works closely with the state of New Mexico.  It ensures that funding opportunities are directed to the entities and people intended; it serves as a coordinating group to ensure New Mexico does not lose a funding opportunity.  The Coordinating group engages in research, identifies and screens federal funding opportunities for New Mexico.  To join this group please contact Jackie Miramontes.

Regional Projects Taskforce. Recognizing that there are many efforts and projects across the state of New Mexico attempting to establish Internet connections, this group identifies programs in “hard to connect” communities that could be supported by philanthropic funds. To join this group please contact Jackie Miramontes.

Grantmaking group.  This group serves as a Grantmaking group.  It works hand in hand with the Regional Projects Taskforce and prioritizes regional efforts and assist with fund distribution. 

Cadre of Grantwriters and TA Providers   The idea behind this objective is to ensure that New Mexico is prepared and able to apply for federal funds when the opportunity arises.  Federal funds will continue to be available over the next few years.  New Mexico needs to be prepared, agile and responsive. This program is designed to build a group of grantwriters and technical assistance providers are adequately trained to ensure that NM has a cadre of individuals that are able and willing to apply for federal funds for various communities, governments, organizations and providers.  This is still a work in progress.  The initial coordination will come from NMAG.  

Digital Literacy & Inclusion Work Group.  Recognizing the tremendous need for digital literacy across the state, this Group identifies organizations and leaders engaged in digital literacy across the state.  It will work with the Regional Support Taskforce and the Grantmaking Group to ensure Digital Literacy programs across the state are supported.

Advocacy Work Group.   Advocacy Work Group compiles, reviews and analyzes proposed and adopted legislation at the federal and state level.  This group would serve to advocate favorable legislation. 

If you are interested in joining a Work Group mentioned above, please contact: [email protected]

Two Funds are in the process of being established:

New Mexico Broadband Projects Fund.   This fund provides philanthropic support for projects aligned with providing access to broadband in “hard to connect communities” in New Mexico.  With special attention to Native, immigrant and rural populations, this fund supports projects that are not funded by state or federal funds.  The fund works in conjunction with the NM Broadband Collective.  For more information regarding this fund, please contact Danielle LaJoie, at [email protected]

NM Broadband Grantwriter and Provider Fund.  This fund is intended to enhance New Mexico’s capacity to apply for state and federal funds.  The purpose of this fund is to pay for grant writer training and services in applying for federal funds.  It will also support payment for assistance with expert providers who can assist nonprofits with completing federal applications for federal funds.  For more information regarding this fund, please contact Jackie Miramontes at [email protected]

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