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Sacred Wind Communications and Microsoft to Deploy TV White Spaces Technology in Rural New Mexico

July 10, 2019

Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced a new agreement to bring broadband connectivity to rural New Mexico. As part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/airband), Sacred Wind will use fixed wireless technologies, including TV white spaces (TVWS), the unused UHF and VHF spectrum, to deliver fast and reliable internet service to rural, underserved communities in Northwest New Mexico that currently do not have access to basic broadband services. 

Sacred Wind Communications will first deploy TVWS technology in the communities of Grants, Milan, San Rafael, Yatahey and areas located in the Church Rock Chapter during the first phase of this project, which is scheduled to begin in late summer 2019. Depending on the success of the first phase, Sacred Wind and Microsoft will expand TVWS deployment to several communities in the Navajo Chapters located within the Eastern Agency and Fort Defiance Agency beginning in 2020. 

“The broadband gap is hindering tribal and rural communities from reaping the social and economic benefits that come with access to the internet,” said Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft. “Our partnership with Sacred Wind Communications will bring reliable, high speed internet to underserved communities in New Mexico so that they can access the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. We applaud the continued efforts from local leaders to address this important issue across the state.” 

Sacred Wind has a long history of using a cutting-edge mix of technologies to deploy fixed wireless access in rural areas in New Mexico. TVWS will supplement the radio equipment currently being utilized by Sacred Wind to reach communities that have traditionally been left out of advancements in broadband technology. TVWS signals have the advantage of being able to travel across long distances and can penetrate dense foliage, walls and other obstacles to provide internet coverage to rural communities that are currently unable to receive internet access. 

John Badal, Sacred Wind’s CEO, stated: “We are always looking for new technologies to better serve our customers, particularly to fill in the gaps where our harder to reach customers live. The Microsoft Airband project is good news for rural America and our partnership with such a leader in technology is good news for New Mexico.” 

Sacred Wind was voted the most inspiring small business in America in 2009 by the AMEX Corporation and NBC Universal. Additionally, Sacred Wind is regarded as a success story by the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Sacred Wind, which launched in 2006, is the only private telecommunications firm in the country dedicated to providing services solely on tribal lands.

For more information about Sacred Wind and its impact on rural communities in New Mexico, visit https://sacredwindcommunications.com/

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact John Badal at (505) 908-2670 or via e-mail at jbadal@sacred-wind.com

 

ABOUT SACRED WIND COMMUNICATIONS
Sacred Wind Communications is a privately owned, New Mexico-based company, dedicated to improve telecommunications services to rural areas within New Mexico and with a successful model that can be used just about anywhere in the United States. 13 years ago, Sacred Wind built a phone and broadband company from scratch and has reached homes that never had service before. Today the company offers the most wide spread service and the fastest broadband speeds on tribal lands in all of northern New Mexico, which in turn ensures dignity and equality of opportunity for its mostly Navajo customers. Sacred Wind continues to expand and succeed by bridging tradition with a culture of innovation. At its inception, only 26% of homes had access to basic telephone service and none had high speed internet. Now, 95% of the homes in Sacred Wind’s territory have access to E911 and high speed internet. 

 

 

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