October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion (OBAE) is proud to participate in this global initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.
In an era of increasing digitalization, cybersecurity is paramount. The prevalence of online threats, data breaches, and cyber-attacks underscores the need for robust cybersecurity practices. As part of Cybersecurity Month, OBAE is dedicated to educating individuals, businesses, and communities about the best practices for staying safe online.
Visit the cybersecurity page on OBAE's website to find educational videos and tips aimed at enhancing cybersecurity knowledge. Topics covered include password management, phishing awareness, secure online transactions, and protecting sensitive data. The goal is to empower individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard their online presence.
OBAE is committed to fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness," said Alison Riley, Public Information Officer at OBAE. "As our lives become more intertwined with technology, understanding the risks and implementing effective cybersecurity measures is crucial. We are excited to engage with the community and share valuable insights to enhance online safety."
In addition to educational initiatives, OBAE will also be releasing informative articles, infographics, and social media posts throughout the month to disseminate cybersecurity tips and best practices.
Drew Lovelace is the new Acting Director for the Office of Broadband Access and Expansion. Drew has over 20 years of private sector business experience in multiple industries, and he has spent the last 4 years working for the State of New Mexico in Project Management and HR roles. He holds BAs in English Literature and History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, and he maintains a SHRM-SCP and PHR certification. Drew splits his time between Santa Fe and Taos County with his wife, two children, and dog.
This FREE five-day, hands-on intensive program gives students the opportunity to earn three certifications from the Fiber Optic Association that are recognized throughout the world, approved by the Department of Labor, and aligned to industry standards. These credentials will remain valid for three years, after which they can be renewed by the student. Students can earn the following certifications: Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing, and Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Maintenance. (Participant requirements: Students must be able to distinguish colors and have good finger dexterity. No prior workforce training is required. )
Training available in Santa Fe August 28 – September 1, 2023, 8 am to 5 pm M - F
Training available in Albuquerque October 16 – 23, 2023, 8 am to 5 pm M - F
This program is facilitated by Santa Fe Community College Department of Continuing Education and Contract Training. Thanks to support from Santa Fe County, the training program is free to Santa Fe County residents. The cost for non-Santa-Fe-County residents is $2500 per student, although scholarships are possible. The City of Albuquerque Broadband Office is partnering with the Santa Fe Community College to bring this fiber optic technician training to Albuquerque in October.
To learn more or apply online, visit www.protecsantafe.com
To download the flyer, click here.
For details on the program in Albuquerque this fall, contact
Catherine Nicolaou , City of Albuquerque Broadband Manager
Office of Broadband Access and Expansion Director Kelly Schlegel and Godfrey Enjady of Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc and Chair of the Connect New Mexico Tribal Broadband Working Group were invited to attend the BEAD Awards announcement at the White House on June 26, 2023. President Biden and Vice President Harris kick off the next phase of Administration’s Investing in America tour with a significant high-speed internet infrastructure announcement from The White House.
Monday, June 26, 2023 9:45 AM MT ~ 11:45 AM ET
President Biden and Vice President Harris
Deliver Remarks at an Investing in America Event
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is pleased to announce the amount of funding that every state, territory, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico will receive from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to implement the Internet for All initiative. These new investments will ensure that we connect all of the unconnected and give Americans the skills, devices, and access they need to make the most of affordable, reliable high-speed Internet.
Everyone is invited to join this complimentary webinar discussion: "Broaden Your Opportunities Through Broadband".
The Connect New Mexico Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”) aims to bridge the digital divide and foster socioeconomic progress by providing infrastructure grants for broadband deployment to unserved and underserved communities across New Mexico.
The New Mexico Legislature, appropriated $123 Million to “plan, design, construct, renovate and equip broadband, including alternative and satellite broadband, statewide.”
Discussion topics for this webinar include:
• What is the current status of the program?
• What are current and future opportunities for DBEs and other small businesses?
• How do business owners stay up to date and participate in projects?
Drew Lovelace, Operations Manager, Office of Broadband Access and Expansion
Registration and Webinar Logistics Contact: Michelle Fulcher, Event Planner, Organized Affair LLC at email Michelle@OrganizedAffair.com or phone (505) 395-6434.
Community broadband planning and coordinating digital inclusion ecosystems is complicated work. This one-day broadband bootcamp is designed to help local governments, elected officials, nonprofits, foundations, and digital equity advocates orient themselves and develop a better understanding of the broadband landscape in order to support collective development of effective solutions. The program is aimed at helping participants understand broadband and digital equity basics, identify local needs, evaluate options, and chart an achievable path to their goals. From leveraging existing assets, to financing, to partnerships, to evaluating available models for success, this program is designed to demystify every step of the process.
Attendance is free, but submission and acceptance of an application is required prior to the event. Space is limited and priority will be given to local community members and small local teams eager to learn together, mobilizing locally for connectivity, and/or building a community coalition.
To Learn more and register online visit:
The statewide Internet for All New Mexico Broadband Summit is being hosted by the New Mexico Office of Broadband Access & Expansion (OBAE) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in partnership with the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League. Attendees will hear from federal and state officials, learn about broadband initiatives and funding opportunities, share local stories, and participate in development of the statewide New Mexico Broadband and Digital Equity Plans.
Learn more and register online at: https://connect.nm.gov/statewide-summit
The April 27th groundbreaking ceremony will start at 10:30AM at Midway ES
(9 Midway Rd, Polvadera NM 87828)
The Agenda includes:
New Mexico is kicking off the statewide (BEAD) and Digital Equity (DE) planning process
with Connect New Mexico Month and the Broadband Spring Sprint!
On February 15, 2023, during New Mexico Broadband Day at the Roundhouse, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the official Executive Office Proclamation declaring March as "Connect New Mexico Month."
The New Mexico Office of Broadband Access & Expansion (OBAE) is launching the statewide initiative to develop the New Mexico Broadband Expansion, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Plan and the New Mexico Digital Equity Plan during "Connect New Mexico Month." Check out the Map Challenge and sign up for the OBAE Mailing List for information and updates on how you can get involved AND to track announcements of the Wave Two New Mexico Pilot Grant Awards and Award ceremonies. For more information on funding, visit New Mexico Broadband Funding Awards.
Over the next few months, community members are invited to participate in a wide range of activities and events including six Regional Meetings, a Network Operators' Conference, Virtual Broadband Listening Sessions, a Statewide Summit, two Broadband Bootcamps, and a series of interviews, focus groups, town halls, workshops, and webinars.
Regional Meetings: 9am-1pm
April 17 - Region 6 in Alamogordo, Otero County
April 18 - Region 3 in Los Lunas, Valencia County
May 11 - Region 4 in Springer, Colfax County
May 12 - Region 5 in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County
May 15 - Region 1 in Farmington, San Juan County
May 16 - Region 2 in Hernandez, Rio Arriba County
May 4 - 9am-5pm Network Operators Conference in Albuquerque ABNOG
May 8 - Private Industry Focus Group
Virtual Broadband Listening Sessions
Complete schedule - register online
May 24 - 9am-3pm
Internet for All New Mexico Broadband Summit
at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino
on the Pueblo of Pojoaque in Santa Fe County
"Let's Get Going" Broadband Bootcamps
June 28 - 9am-5pm in Las Cruces
June 29 - 9am-5pm in Albuquerque
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Updates from the New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion (OBAE) with Input from communities, broadband advocates, and stakeholders around the state.