Broadband Service in New Mexico

Internet Access in New Mexico

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Coverage by County

66.5%
12.5%

65.9

49th

Broadband Speeds

79.9%

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

13.1%

of New Mexicans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.7%

of New Mexicans have access to wireline service

15.1%

of New Mexicans have access to fiber-optic service

75.4%

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 97.8%
Catron 14.2%
Chaves 91.8%
Cibola 50.8%
Colfax 28.1%
Curry 92.8%
De Baca 84.0%
Doña Ana 86.2%
Eddy 90.1%
Grant 80.9%
Guadalupe 80.2%
Harding 76.8%
Hidalgo 6.8%
Lea 95.1%
Lincoln 86.6%
Los Alamos 99.0%
Luna 58.3%
McKinley 46.7%
Mora 66.1%
Otero 81.9%
Quay 68.8%
Rio Arriba 71.0%
Roosevelt 87.9%
Sandoval 86.8%
San Juan 75.3%
San Miguel 51.9%
Santa Fe 89.1%
Sierra 83.8%
Socorro 4.5%
Taos 77.7%
Torrance 43.7%
Union 65.6%
Valencia 86.7%

Internet Speed in Top New Mexico Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Albuquerque 63.6 MBPS 24 Providers
2. Las Cruces 97.8 MBPS 14 Providers
3. Santa Fe 68.0 MBPS 20 Providers
4. Rio Rancho 59.5 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Farmington 80.0 MBPS 15 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in New Mexico

Provider Avg. download speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 136.5 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 117.1 MBPS
Windstream 18.0 MBPS
CenturyLink 14.4 MBPS
TWN Communications 4.6 MBPS

The State of Broadband in New Mexico, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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 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
Abiquiu 42.8%
9 providers
Alamogordo 99.2%
12 providers
Albuquerque 98.3%
24 providers
Alcalde 73.6%
13 providers
Algodones 3.4%
11 providers
Alto 92.3%
9 providers
Angel Fire 68.8%
8 providers
Animas 22.3%
8 providers
Anthony 88.4%
11 providers
Arroyo Hondo 71.9%
10 providers
Arroyo Seco 90.7%
10 providers
Artesia 86.7%
8 providers
Aztec 81.8%
9 providers
Bayard 97.5%
9 providers
Belen 86.4%
14 providers
Bernalillo 87.1%
16 providers
Bloomfield 85.1%
10 providers
Bluewater 67.5%
9 providers
Bosque Farms 88.6%
11 providers
Brimhall 0.0%
6 providers
Capitan 84.3%
8 providers
Carlsbad 94.9%
11 providers
Carrizozo 81.7%
8 providers
Casa Blanca 0.2%
6 providers
Cedar Crest 97.5%
14 providers
Cerrillos 22.7%
14 providers
Cerro 62.6%
9 providers
Chamisal 59.4%
10 providers
Chaparral 44.8%
10 providers
Cimarron 17.8%
8 providers
Clayton 75.4%
7 providers
Cliff 93.7%
7 providers
Cloudcroft 74.1%
7 providers
Clovis 95.0%
7 providers
Cochiti Lake 0.0%
11 providers
Cochiti Pueblo 0.0%
10 providers
Columbus 6.6%
6 providers
Corrales 99.3%
15 providers
Counselor 0.0%
6 providers
Crownpoint 0.0%
6 providers
Cuba 14.2%
8 providers
Datil 60.9%
4 providers
Deming 62.5%
11 providers
Dexter 77.5%
11 providers
Dixon 82.6%
9 providers
Dulce 85.8%
6 providers
Eagle Nest 48.2%
7 providers
Edgewood 78.9%
13 providers
El Prado 84.9%
10 providers
Elephant Butte 78.4%
8 providers
Espanola 81.4%
12 providers
Estancia 12.7%
12 providers
Eunice 93.1%
9 providers
Farmington 93.8%
15 providers
Flora Vista 96.5%
9 providers
Fort Sumner 87.2%
6 providers
Fort Wingate 23.5%
7 providers
Fruitland 91.6%
11 providers
Gallup 83.5%
11 providers
Glorieta 0.0%
9 providers
Grants 89.9%
11 providers
Hagerman 49.2%
9 providers
Hatch 23.3%
7 providers
High Rolls Mountain Park 85.8%
8 providers
Hobbs 97.1%
14 providers
Holloman Air Force Base 76.4%
8 providers
Isleta 66.9%
11 providers
Jal 77.6%
9 providers
Jarales 54.6%
9 providers
Jemez Pueblo 85.3%
10 providers
Kirtland 98.6%
11 providers
La Luz 96.7%
10 providers
La Mesa 43.4%
9 providers
Laguna 45.9%
10 providers
Lake Arthur 0.4%
9 providers
Las Cruces 92.5%
14 providers
Las Vegas 56.8%
11 providers
Logan 93.7%
5 providers
Lordsburg 0.0%
9 providers
Los Alamos 99.0%
15 providers
Los Lunas 88.0%
14 providers
Lovington 94.1%
9 providers
Magdalena 0.0%
7 providers
Mayhill 14.6%
6 providers
Melrose 95.9%
7 providers
Mentmore 22.3%
6 providers
Mescalero 0.0%
9 providers
Mesilla 91.7%
10 providers
Mesilla Park 24.6%
9 providers
Mesquite 77.9%
9 providers
Mexican Springs 0.0%
6 providers
Milan 51.8%
9 providers
Mora 72.5%
8 providers
Moriarty 60.5%
13 providers
Mountainair 11.8%
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 51.7%
11 providers
Paguate 73.8%
7 providers
Pecos 43.0%
9 providers
Pena Blanca 0.0%
11 providers
Penasco 61.0%
8 providers
Peralta 94.1%
11 providers
Pinehill 0.0%
4 providers
Placitas 97.0%
16 providers
Portales 90.5%
8 providers
Pueblo Of Acoma 6.6%
6 providers
Quemado 0.0%
5 providers
Questa 55.9%
8 providers
Ramah 0.0%
6 providers
Ranchos De Taos 89.9%
10 providers
Raton 26.4%
8 providers
Red River 82.8%
8 providers
Reserve 0.0%
4 providers
Ribera 76.2%
6 providers
Rio Rancho 98.4%
18 providers
Roswell 96.4%
10 providers
Ruidoso 97.5%
8 providers
Ruidoso Downs 92.2%
8 providers
San Fidel 2.7%
7 providers
San Ysidro 16.4%
10 providers
Sandia Park 87.2%
14 providers
Santa Cruz 79.7%
12 providers
Santa Fe 92.9%
20 providers
Santa Rosa 95.5%
5 providers
Santa Teresa 99.6%
10 providers
Santo Domingo Pueblo 0.0%
11 providers
Sapello 15.4%
9 providers
Sheep Springs 0.0%
6 providers
Shiprock 0.0%
6 providers
Silver City 85.5%
12 providers
Socorro 3.0%
8 providers
Springer 0.5%
10 providers
Sunland Park 99.0%
10 providers
Taos 85.4%
13 providers
Tatum 91.3%
6 providers
Texico 50.9%
10 providers
Thoreau 33.1%
8 providers
Tierra Amarilla 23.2%
7 providers
Tijeras 73.4%
15 providers
Tohatchi 0.0%
6 providers
Truth Or Consequences 96.6%
9 providers
Tucumcari 63.0%
7 providers
Tularosa 99.2%
11 providers
Vadito 56.4%
10 providers
Vado 6.4%
8 providers
Vanderwagen 0.0%
4 providers
Vaughn 1.5%
5 providers
Velarde 80.8%
12 providers
White Sands Missile Range 87.0%
7 providers
Williamsburg 86.6%
8 providers
Yatahey 14.0%
7 providers
Zuni 44.4%
4 providers