SW DinehNet, an affiliate of Sacred Wind Communications, Inc., New Mexico’s award-winning telecommunications and broadband service provider in rural northwestern New Mexico, was a winning bidder in a Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) auction to provide broadband and voice telecommunications services to underserved areas in McKinley County, mostly on Navajo tribal lands. This week the NM Public Regulation Commission approved SW DinehNet’s operating in that area, as a requirement of the FCC program. SW DinehNet is to be granted $2 million to build new infrastructure
in the auctioned area. The FCC plans to distribute $1.5 billion nationwide over the next 10 years to broadband providers willing to offer voice and Internet services in high-cost, rural parts of the country.
SW DinehNet will be offering telephone, (Emergency 911 services), and high-speed (25 Mbps) internet to people on Navajo tribal lands and in Vanderwagen in Northwestern New Mexico as part of the program. The company will begin preparations for the build out of the system in 2019.
“We will utilize our industry proven and award-winning technology as we serve these Tribal and rural areas of our state,” explained John Badal, CEO of Sacred Wind Communications. “This award not only brings connectivity to the area, it also will mean new jobs.”