District 5

Commission Chair Charlene Pyskoty Focused on Expanding Broadband Service in East Mountains

01/19/2021

Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty is focused on addressing the unique challenges of bringing expanded broadband internet services to the East Mountains within Bernalillo County, which includes the Village of Tijeras. Broadband speed and reliability have long been a concern of area residents, but the issue has become urgent with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency as households use multiple devices to perform work and attend school online.

“Broadband service is simply insufficient to meet the needs of residents, parents, students and businesses in the East Mountains, especially when multiple devices are in use at the same time in the same household,” says Commission Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “Our low-density population and mountainous terrain make it a complicated problem to solve, but I am committed to finding a technological solution and the funding to implement it.”

Bernalillo County requires direct community insights on current service, usage and cost to make a persuasive case for state and federal funding. To that end, community surveys are being conducted jointly by Bernalillo County and the Village of Tijeras. The brief surveys are for residents, business owners, and essential community facilities in ZIP code 87059, the portion of the East Mountains in Bernalillo County. Community members are urged to respond to the appropriate survey by Jan. 31, 2021 at midnight.

East Mountain broadband surveys:

Residents/Businesses: https://www.cognitoforms.com/VillageOfTijeras/communityconnectgrantresidentbusinesssurvey

Essential community facilities: https://www.cognitoforms.com/VillageOfTijeras/communityconnectgrantessentialcommunityfacilitysurvey

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