Broadband is an essential public utility and New Mexicans need access

If it was not already clear, the pandemic has revealed that broadband is now an essential utility service that influences the future of our society and our state.

Based on its study of the issue, the League of Women Voters of New Mexico has described “efficient, high-speed access to the Internet for all New Mexico residents — regardless of geographic location or neighborhood demographics as a necessity for assuring equal access to local and state government, for maintaining openness and transparency in government activities, for communicating with legislative leaders, for engaging in political discourse, for competing in the global marketplace, and for assuring that voters receive the information they need to participate in our democracy.” Unequal access, especially with education and health care during the pandemic, has been a glaring problem.

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