National Science Foundation Pueblo Connect Grant
to Support Technology and Education in Northern New Mexico
After meeting at the Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in November 2017, Elizabeth Belding from the University of California in Santa Barbara teamed with other technology experts including Ellen Zegura from the Georgia Tech University, Morgan Freeman from Northern Arizona State University, and Marissa Duarte from Arizona State University, as well as local advisors New Mexico including the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, the Community Learning Network, and REDINet, to explore and pilot innovative technology solutions and TV White Space options to support and improve Internet access for underserved and hard-to-reach areas in rural and indigenous communities of Northern New Mexico.
Northern New Mexico ISOC Beyond the Net Grant
Awarded to Community Learning Network
In June 2017, Community Learning Network (CLN) secured a grant from the Internet Society's 'Beyond the Net' community grants program for a "Cultivating Connectivity in the Land of Enchantment" initiative in Northern New Mexico. Through June 2019, CLN will work with local community organizations in Northern New Mexico and Espanola to "improve IT acess, content, and training" for community members in this underserved region, where Internet connection speed ranks 48th in the nation and unemployment ranks first.