Senate passes bill creating state division to upgrade broadband system

22 percent of New Mexico residents live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure

State-by-state infrastructure fact sheet reveals lack of internet services to many New Mexicans

According to Richard Towne, Executive Director of KUNM:

22 percent of New Mexico residents live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.

68.9 percent of New Mexicans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.

21 percent of New Mexico households do not have an internet subscription.

The 100 megabits per second download speed sounds like a pretty high bar for commercial and residential service, even in Albuquerque. That is the standard set by the White House for meaningful access to the internet.

Wildfires are coming. Get insured!

TO PREPARE FOR WILDFIRES

New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal is reminding New Mexicans that the wildfire season is upon us. "The dangers of wildfire in drought-parched New Mexico cannot be underestimated. This is the time to make sure your insurance is adequate, to prepare your property, practice fire prevention and have a plan if evacuation is necessary," said Superintendent Toal.

Before a fire happens, evaluate your home or business and the surrounding area to identify hazards that may catch fire and burn. Make your home safer with the following tips:

• Make sure that emergency responders can find your home by placing your address number in a distinctive spot, visible for 150 feet in all directions, and in letters that are 4" tall;

• Reduce the amount of material that can burn easily in and around your home or business by clearing away debris and other flammable materials;

• Keep a garden hose long enough to reach all areas of your home and be ready to fill garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water;

• Move firewood and scrap wood at least 30 feet away from your home and any other structures;

• Use fire-resistant materials for landscaping and construction, especially on your roof; and

• Check your landscaping and make sure that it complies with standards like the one illustrated below.

USPS ups the rate

The United States Postal Service today announced a planned adjustment of postage rates as of Aug. 29, 2021, for the public and commercial mail users. For community newspapers using Periodicals mail to reach readers, the average rate increase will be nearly 9 percent. The First-Class Stamp will move from 55 to 58 cents.

The rate increase is part of a new USPS business plan that also includes a weakening of service standards for mail that is moving across the country.

The proposed new rates must be reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission. But the PRC has already granted USPS the authority to eliminate an inflation-based price cap on rates. It gave USPS a new set of parameters that allows it to charge more for mail that remains in the postal system while digital technology provides new competition for delivery of messages and advertising.

- Courtesy of the USPS

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