What have Carlsbad Schools done so far to improve broadband access?

A state program is connecting New Mexico families and schools with free or discounted internet throughout the state.

The Public Education Department (PED) established the New Mexico Student Connect (NMSC) program in June to help New Mexicans get help with their internet connectivity issues.

New Mexico ranked 49th for households with internet access — just behind Mississippi — according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) report published in April. The survey was initially conducted in 2018.

According to the report 23.1% of households in New Mexico do not have a broadband internet subscription. That number rises to 30.9% in rural areas.

“Closing New Mexico’s digital divide is a costly, complicated, expensive task, and we can’t afford to leave a single dollar on the table,” Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus said in a news release.