SOURCE: New Mexico Technology Council

New Mexico Technology Council

May 03, 2016 11:01 ET

City of ABQ and NM Technology Council Partner to Consider Community Broadband

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwired - May 03, 2016) - Today, the City of Albuquerque announced a partnership with the New Mexico Technology Council to coordinate and establish a focus committee to discuss efforts to bring community-based fiber optic networks to Albuquerque. The announcement comes after Mayor Richard J. Berry and William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite, announced earlier this month that the City of Albuquerque has been named a US Ignite partner, joining a select group of Smart Gigabit Communities nationwide. Smart Gigabit Communities are selected by US Ignite, a non-profit organization launched in 2012 with inspiration from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation to assist American communities take advantage of next-generation networks.

The focus committee, which is to consist of selected community leaders and stakeholders from business, government, technology, and community organizations is designed to facilitate discussion, gather information, and exchange ideas regarding current and future broadband needs and accessibility.

The City of Albuquerque's partnership with the New Mexico Technology Council to establish such a broadband focus committee seeks to build a comprehensive action plan for developing a technology-ready community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment. The gathered information from the focus group meetings will be used to help create the official Technology Action Plan for the city community.

"The New Mexico Technology Council has a diverse array of public and private sector members in technology sectors across the state," said Peter Ambs, CIO for the City of Albuquerque. "They were a natural choice for us to partner with to facilitate these discussions given their existing relationships with stakeholders."

The US Ignite partnership will serve to augment existing collaborations with the City of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico (UNM) dedicated to bringing smart gigabit applications and services to the community. The partnership will further enable Albuquerque to create and leverage next-generation applications from other communities to push economic and technological innovation within the city.

The effort will serve as a complimentary piece to cornerstone technology programs and initiatives planned to be made available through the Innovation District, Route 66 fiber deployment, and many of the Smart City initiatives the City is currently pursuing through the Bloomberg I-team and TechHire programs. As the City of Albuquerque has communicated, Albuquerque's success in this initiative will serve as an example of the potential for next-generation technology to accelerate economic development and spur the development and adoption of high-speed broadband applications and services.

"We are excited at the prospect that the broadband focus committee will help to position our city as a hub for tech growth and will encourage collaborative input from all its partners and stakeholders," stated Nyika Allen, Executive Director of the New Mexico Technology Council. "We are looking forward to learning from other cities who have implemented broadband programs such as this one and hope this group can serve as a model for other cities around the country."

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