Broadband Service in New Mexico

Internet Access in New Mexico

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Coverage by County

66.5%
12.5%

94.8

49th

Broadband Speeds

80.5%

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

13.8%

of New Mexicans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.9%

of New Mexicans have access to wireline service

53.7%

of New Mexicans have access to fiber-optic service

75.5%

of New Mexicans have access to cable service

92.1%

of New Mexicans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in New Mexico

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Bernalillo 97.9%
Catron 14.2%
Chaves 91.6%
Cibola 65.3%
Colfax 46.3%
Curry 93.7%
De Baca 84.0%
Doña Ana 90.3%
Eddy 93.5%
Grant 83.4%
Guadalupe 80.2%
Harding 76.8%
Hidalgo 6.8%
Lea 96.3%
Lincoln 87.3%
Los Alamos 98.9%
Luna 68.1%
McKinley 52.8%
Mora 66.8%
Otero 83.9%
Quay 69.7%
Rio Arriba 84.1%
Roosevelt 87.9%
Sandoval 88.0%
San Juan 76.4%
San Miguel 64.1%
Santa Fe 91.5%
Sierra 87.9%
Socorro 5.5%
Taos 83.7%
Torrance 49.6%
Union 65.6%
Valencia 88.1%

Internet Speed in Top New Mexico Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Albuquerque 97.5 MBPS 26 Providers
2. Las Cruces 116.7 MBPS 14 Providers
3. Santa Fe 87.1 MBPS 20 Providers
4. Rio Rancho 81.2 MBPS 17 Providers
5. Farmington 89.4 MBPS 15 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in New Mexico

Provider Avg. download speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 174.2 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 168.1 MBPS
Windstream 22.2 MBPS
CenturyLink 15.5 MBPS
TWN Communications 2.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in New Mexico, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

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.

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
Abiquiu 72.2%
9 providers
Alamogordo 99.2%
11 providers
Albuquerque 98.3%
26 providers
Alcalde 91.4%
12 providers
Algodones 17.1%
12 providers
Alto 93.4%
9 providers
Angel Fire 80.9%
8 providers
Animas 22.3%
7 providers
Anthony 90.0%
11 providers
Arroyo Hondo 77.5%
9 providers
Arroyo Seco 92.0%
10 providers
Artesia 91.4%
8 providers
Aztec 86.0%
9 providers
Bayard 97.6%
9 providers
Belen 88.7%
13 providers
Bernalillo 89.2%
16 providers
Bloomfield 85.9%
11 providers
Bosque Farms 88.3%
11 providers
Brimhall 0.0%
6 providers
Capitan 86.3%
8 providers
Carlsbad 96.2%
12 providers
Carrizozo 81.7%
8 providers
Casa Blanca 14.0%
6 providers
Cedar Crest 98.4%
13 providers
Cerrillos 24.3%
14 providers
Cerro 79.8%
9 providers
Chamisal 72.6%
10 providers
Chaparral 61.3%
10 providers
Cimarron 46.3%
9 providers
Clayton 75.4%
7 providers
Cliff 93.7%
6 providers
Cloudcroft 74.1%
7 providers
Clovis 95.8%
7 providers
Cochiti Lake 0.0%
11 providers
Cochiti Pueblo 0.0%
11 providers
Columbus 6.6%
6 providers
Corrales 99.2%
15 providers
Counselor 0.0%
6 providers
Crownpoint 0.0%
5 providers
Cuba 17.6%
8 providers
Datil 60.9%
4 providers
Deming 73.0%
10 providers
Dexter 76.4%
11 providers
Dixon 87.8%
9 providers
Dulce 94.1%
6 providers
Edgewood 82.4%
14 providers
El Prado 92.0%
10 providers
Elephant Butte 82.3%
8 providers
Espanola 92.0%
12 providers
Estancia 21.1%
12 providers
Eunice 94.8%
9 providers
Farmington 94.5%
15 providers
Fort Sumner 87.2%
6 providers
Fort Wingate 51.3%
7 providers
Fruitland 91.6%
11 providers
Gallup 84.4%
12 providers
Glorieta 73.6%
9 providers
Grants 92.4%
11 providers
Hagerman 49.2%
9 providers
Hatch 84.0%
7 providers
High Rolls Mountain Park 85.8%
8 providers
Hobbs 97.4%
13 providers
Holloman Air Force Base 78.6%
8 providers
Isleta 67.1%
11 providers
Jal 95.0%
9 providers
Jarales 54.6%
9 providers
Jemez Pueblo 96.4%
10 providers
La Luz 96.7%
10 providers
Laguna 65.3%
10 providers
Lake Arthur 25.4%
9 providers
Las Cruces 93.9%
14 providers
Las Vegas 69.7%
11 providers
Logan 93.7%
5 providers
Lordsburg 0.0%
8 providers
Los Alamos 98.9%
14 providers
Los Lunas 88.9%
14 providers
Lovington 95.4%
9 providers
Magdalena 0.0%
6 providers
Mayhill 18.1%
6 providers
Melrose 95.9%
7 providers
Mentmore 22.3%
7 providers
Mescalero 12.7%
8 providers
Mesilla 91.7%
10 providers
Mesilla Park 65.4%
9 providers
Mesquite 81.3%
9 providers
Mexican Springs 0.0%
6 providers
Milan 93.4%
9 providers
Mora 72.8%
9 providers
Moriarty 64.6%
13 providers
Mountainair 20.4%
11 providers
Nageezi 21.3%
7 providers
Navajo 0.0%
6 providers
Navajo Dam 11.0%
8 providers
Newcomb 0.0%
6 providers
Ohkay Owingeh 77.5%
10 providers
Paguate 89.7%
7 providers
Pecos 64.9%
9 providers
Pena Blanca 0.0%
11 providers
Peralta 94.8%
11 providers
Pinehill 0.0%
4 providers
Placitas 96.8%
15 providers
Portales 90.5%
8 providers
Pueblo Of Acoma 27.9%
6 providers
Quemado 0.0%
5 providers
Questa 66.2%
8 providers
Ramah 0.0%
6 providers
Ranchos De Taos 91.5%
10 providers
Raton 50.7%
8 providers
Red River 93.2%
8 providers
Reserve 0.0%
4 providers
Ribera 76.2%
6 providers
Rio Rancho 98.5%
17 providers
Roswell 96.1%
10 providers
Ruidoso 97.6%
8 providers
Ruidoso Downs 92.2%
8 providers
San Fidel 31.9%
7 providers
Sandia Park 87.3%
15 providers
Santa Cruz 90.0%
11 providers
Santa Fe 93.8%
20 providers
Santa Rosa 95.5%
5 providers
Santa Teresa 99.6%
11 providers
Santo Domingo Pueblo 0.0%
11 providers
Shiprock 0.0%
6 providers
Silver City 88.5%
11 providers
Socorro 4.6%
8 providers
Springer 0.5%
10 providers
Sunland Park 99.0%
10 providers
Taos 89.6%
13 providers
Tatum 91.3%
6 providers
Texico 56.7%
10 providers
Tijeras 80.8%
15 providers
Tohatchi 0.0%
6 providers
Truth Or Consequences 97.2%
9 providers
Tucumcari 64.0%
6 providers
Tularosa 99.4%
10 providers
Vadito 67.4%
9 providers
Vado 14.0%
8 providers
Vanderwagen 0.0%
5 providers
Velarde 88.2%
11 providers
White Sands Missile Range 87.0%
7 providers
Williamsburg 91.5%
8 providers
Yatahey 14.0%
7 providers
Zuni 82.1%
4 providers