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Broadband Service in New Mexico

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Internet Access in New Mexico

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Coverage by County

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66.5%
66.5% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
12.5%
12.5% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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50.3

49th

Broadband Speeds

83.0%

of New Mexicans have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

80.0%

of New Mexicans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

11.4%

of New Mexicans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.4%

of New Mexicans have access to wireline service.

10.8%

of New Mexicans have access to fiber-optic service.

75.4%

of New Mexicans have access to cable service.

92.2%

of New Mexicans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in New Mexico

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Bernalillo 97.5%
Catron 14.6%
Chaves 86.0%
Cibola 23.2%
Colfax 10.2%
Curry 94.2%
De Baca 67.7%
Doña Ana 86.7%
Eddy 89.8%
Grant 83.6%
Guadalupe 64.7%
Harding 49.5%
Hidalgo 2.1%
Lea 89.5%
Lincoln 83.6%
Los Alamos 98.9%
Luna 63.1%
McKinley 39.6%
Mora 32.1%
Otero 81.2%
Quay 44.8%
Rio Arriba 60.2%
Roosevelt 81.8%
Sandoval 86.6%
San Juan 71.0%
San Miguel 58.5%
Santa Fe 88.5%
Sierra 78.4%
Socorro 5.7%
Taos 59.6%
Torrance 46.6%
Union 60.3%
Valencia 87.4%

Internet Speed in Top New Mexico Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Albuquerque 49.8 MBPS 27 Providers
2. Las Cruces 79.4 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Santa Fe 54.2 MBPS 22 Providers
4. Rio Rancho 41.9 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Farmington 68.3 MBPS 14 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in New Mexico

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 91.1 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 89.0 MBPS
Windstream 15.8 MBPS
CenturyLink 13.4 MBPS
TWN Communications 5.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in New Mexico, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/6/2020.

Outranking just two other states, New Mexico is the 49th most-connected state in the country. According to averages from speed tests, New Mexicans experience average download speeds of 93.1 Mbps, which is faster than many higher-ranking states. However, access to a high-speed wired broadband connection remains inconsistent in many areas throughout the state. The areas with the best coverage are generally in the northwest and southeast parts of the state.

The Digital Divide in New Mexico

In terms of availability and affordability, there is a significant division between those who have access to low-priced internet in New Mexico and those who do not. This digital divide is seen in the fact that while 83% of New Mexico’s residents have access to wired broadband capable of 25 Mbps or faster, about 342,000 people still do not. Further, 387,000 New Mexicans only have access to one wired internet provider at their place of residence, leaving no option to turn to if they are dissatisfied with their provider’s service or pricing. Another 122,000 residents do not have any wired internet providers offering internet services where they live.

Additionally, according to recent affordability data, only 12.5% of New Mexicans have access to an internet plan that costs $60 or less per month. This is much lower than the national average of 51.5% of consumers who have access to a low-priced internet plan.

Best-Connected Cities

Despite New Mexico’s low-ranking, there are some very well-connected areas of the state, including some areas with strong access to 1 gigabit broadband. With the highest-ranking city listed first, the best-connected cities in New Mexico are Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Clovis, Roswell, and Rio Rancho.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other side of the aforementioned digital divide lay the worst-connected cities in New Mexico. With the lowest-ranking city last in the list, the cities with the worst internet accessibility in the state are Sunspot, Lakewood, Malaga, Lincoln, and Taos Ski Valley.

Learn how New Mexico compares up against the rest of the states throughout the nation here.

Governmental Initiatives

In recent years, New Mexico’s legislation has launched several initiatives in an effort to map, plan, and expand wired broadband access throughout the state. The New Mexico Broadband Program has been the grantee of over $4.76 million in federal funding, and another $76,978,670 to put toward broadband infrastructure projects.

Additionally, in 2018, New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission approved twenty-three projects aimed at connected 33,000 residents living in rural areas with wired broadband services.

The above information is pulled from a mix of public and private datasets. Find out more about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

New Mexico Cities

Average speed over time
Alamogordo 98.5% 13 providers
Albuquerque 98.2% 27 providers
Anthony 85.0% 12 providers
Artesia 88.0% 9 providers
Aztec 81.3% 9 providers
Belen 88.4% 14 providers
Bernalillo 88.3% 18 providers
Bloomfield 82.6% 10 providers
Bosque Farms 88.9% 12 providers
Carlsbad 93.9% 12 providers
Chaparral 38.7% 10 providers
Clovis 95.5% 9 providers
Corrales 99.1% 15 providers
Crownpoint 0.0% 6 providers
Cuba 10.4% 9 providers
Deming 68.2% 11 providers
Dexter 48.6% 12 providers
Edgewood 78.8% 14 providers
Espanola 69.4% 12 providers
Farmington 92.2% 14 providers
Fruitland 28.7% 10 providers
Gallup 80.7% 12 providers
Grants 23.6% 10 providers
Hobbs 94.2% 15 providers
Kirtland 98.8% 9 providers
La Mesa 36.7% 10 providers
Laguna 10.8% 10 providers
Las Cruces 93.6% 16 providers
Las Vegas 70.6% 10 providers
Los Alamos 98.9% 16 providers
Los Lunas 88.1% 13 providers
Lovington 90.5% 10 providers
Moriarty 61.2% 14 providers
Placitas 96.3% 16 providers
Portales 84.3% 9 providers
Ranchos De Taos 86.0% 9 providers
Raton 15.7% 7 providers
Rio Rancho 98.3% 18 providers
Roswell 94.6% 11 providers
Ruidoso 93.1% 9 providers
Sandia Park 87.2% 15 providers
Santa Fe 92.7% 22 providers
Santa Teresa 99.6% 11 providers
Shiprock 0.0% 6 providers
Silver City 88.7% 12 providers
Socorro 5.1% 8 providers
Sunland Park 99.2% 9 providers
Taos 79.3% 11 providers
Thoreau 16.4% 8 providers
Tijeras 75.5% 14 providers
Truth Or Consequences 94.3% 9 providers
Tucumcari 39.8% 7 providers
Tularosa 99.1% 11 providers
Zuni 51.1% 4 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.