ENMR Telephone Cooperative, Inc. dba ENMR-Plateau

ENMR-Plateau Middle Mile

The ENMR-Plateau Middle Mile project intends to enhance broadband capabilities for critical community anchor institutions in eastern New Mexico and west Texas by lighting a more than 1,600-mile ring of fiber and constructing 74 miles of new fiber in five communities. The project plans to connect more than 200 anchor institutions – including educational institutions, public safety organizations, healthcare facilities, and government agencies – at speeds of up to 1 Gbps. In addition, the network intends to offer wholesale services and facilitate broadband expansion to an estimated 20 communities and an area with nearly 700,000 homes, over 36,000 businesses, and 263 anchor institutions.

Total Award: 
$11,252,066
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ENMR crews drill a hole to install fiber at the project’s second market site.

On January 21, 2011, the ENMR Telephone Cooperative (ENMR) began laying 74 miles of new fiber in two of the five communities where it will deploy broadband service as a result of a BTOP grant. Extending through eastern New Mexico and west Texas, the network will bring broadband connections to more than 200 underserved anchor institutions, increasing Internet access speeds to 1Gbps at educational institutions, public safety organizations, healthcare facilities, and government agencies.

In all five markets, ENMR will provide new broadband fiber and connectivity service, delivering Internet at discounted rates to local rural schools, state agencies, and other anchor facilities. This new network will also expand distance learning opportunities for students at schools and libraries at rural areas.

As of March 2011, BTOP funds have allowed ENMR to install more than 29 miles of new fiber. ENMR has already negotiated its construction contracts and permits with equipment vendors and expects to start construction on the remaining three market areas by mid-May 2011. ENMR estimates it will complete construction on the entire project by January 2012.

Last Updated: October 17, 2011.

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