Heinrich, Luján, Leger Fernández Announce Almost $5 Million In Infrastructure Law Funding To Deliver High-Speed Internet Services For San Ildefonso Pueblo
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) announced $4,925,582 in Infrastructure Law funding through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program to strengthen high-speed internet services for the Pueblo of San Ildefonso.
“Improved access to reliable high-speed internet means improved access to education, health care, and economic opportunity,” said Heinrich. “Thanks to the Infrastructure Law championed by New Mexico Congressional Democrats, this major federal investment will help the Pueblo of San Ildefonso deliver high-speed internet to 255 households.”
“Expanding broadband access in every community across our country will continue to be my priority, especially in rural and Tribal communities,” said Luján. “This significant NTIA investment of $4.9 million for San Ildefonso Pueblo will help install necessary upgrades to connect more than 200 households to reliable internet. This federal funding is exactly the support needed to help close the digital divide and increase opportunities on Tribal lands in New Mexico.”
“Reliable and affordable high-speed internet service is essential to living and working in the 21st century. These funds for the Pueblo of San Ildefonso invest in the future of Native families by connecting hundreds of households to high-speed internet,” said Leger Fernández. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law puts us on a path to success and helps us connect our Tribal communities. I’ll always support better connectivity and access for all New Mexicans.”
The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program was created and funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was championed by Heinrich, Luján, and Leger Fernández. New Mexico’s Congressional Democrats fought to infuse $2 billion into this program through the Infrastructure Law. Funding is administered through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).