Digital Connectivity for All

Borderplex Connect supports a regional coalition of public, private, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting digital inclusion in the Borderplex region. Through outreach, action and advocacy, Borderplex Connect currently serves Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

Borderplex Connect’s mission is to support and provide access to broadband internet, including without limitation internet services, access to devices and digital skills training the rural and/or underserved, economically challenged areas of Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

Why Closing the
Digital Divide Matters

In our region, approximately 1 in 4 households do not have internet access. (U.S. Census 2020 ACS; Hunt Institute Broadband Feasibility Study)

According to the Hunt Institute’s economic impact study, every $1 invested in El Paso’s broadband infrastructure adds $2 to the region’s economic output.

According to 2020 U.S. Census ACS estimates, 38.3 percent of Dońa Ana households lack a fixed broadband connection (cable, fiber, DSL).

Borderplex Connect News

Community Broadband Survey Paves Way for Expanding Digital Access in Southern New Mexico

Community Broadband Survey Paves Way for Expanding Digital Access in Southern New Mexico

Like millions of people across the U.S., many residents of Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico struggle to find the internet access they need for school, work and daily life. The reality of what this looks like was brought home to Shelsea Benitez, a student at New Mexico State University, when she helped gather responses for a community broadband survey last fall. She learned about barriers such as cost and availability of internet providers—and about the lengths people would go to when they needed to get online.

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Community Partners

Nonprofit Organizations

Borderplex Alliance
Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico
El Paso Community Foundation
Collaborative for Academic Excellence
Rio Grande Council of Governments

Public Entities

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Mike Loya Center
El Paso County
Dona Ana County
Hunt Institute
City of El Paso

Private Entities