Keeping New Mexico Communities Connected

AT&T Blog Team
November 12, 2021
Broadband Access and Affordability

Keeping New Mexico Communities Connected

Ah, there’s a welcome chill in the air. From the cooler temps to the changing leaves to hot air balloons filling the skies, there’s no doubt it’s fall in New Mexico. As the end of the year draws into view, I’d like to share some updates on what AT&T New Mexico has been up to the last couple of months.

Investing in New Mexico

In our commitment to expand coverage in New Mexico and bring our customers faster, more reliable service, AT&T continues to invest in our state’s network. In the past couple of months, we’ve added new cell towers to communities like Red River, Chilili, Laguna Pueblo, and Jemez Springs.

Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve built more than 40 new cell towers across the state mostly in rural areas. This map shows our millions of dollars in investment around New Mexico.

Closing the Homework Gap

While many students are back to in-person school this year, many are still dealing with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on their academics. A recent report from the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee said our state’s public students may have lost as many as 60 days of instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help address the ongoing homework gap, AT&T has contributed $25,000 to the YMCA of Central New Mexico’s Before and After School Program. More than 200 students in grades K-5 take part in the program that helps them stay current with their academic work by giving them access to computers, the internet, and additional support. AT&T’s donation will allow the YMCA to expand the program, including the ability to provide tutoring to all participating students.

Supporting a New Mexico Tradition

It was such a treat to see hundreds of hot air balloons back in the skies above Albuquerque as the annual International Balloon Fiesta made its return after a pandemic forced hiatus.

Photo credit: Abel Espalin

Organizers estimate nearly 784,000 attended this year’s event. AT&T is proud to have offered extra network support to help keep the large crowds connected and able to share their photos and videos in real time. This assistance came in the form of a cell tower on wheels which boosted coverage and internet connectivity for those AT&T customers attending the event.